Canada's St-Gelais eliminated in 500

Sochi, Russia ( - Canadian short track speedskater Marianne St-Gelais was eliminated in the semifinals of the women's 500 meters on Thursday.

The 2010 silver medalist finished about a half-second too slow in her semifinal race to miss the chance to skate for a medal.

South Korea's Park Seung-Hi had the fastest semifinal time. Italy's Arianna Fontana, the 2010 bronze medalist, also advanced to the final.

They will skate against Great Britain's Elise Christie and China's Li Jianrou in the final, which is coming up Thursday.

China's Fan Kexin had the top qualifying time earlier Thursday but slipped in her semifinal heat and crashed into the wall.

American Emily Scott and Canadians Jessica Hewitt and Valerie Maltais all failed to reach the semifinals.

China's Meng Wang, who won the last two Olympic gold medals, was injured last month and could not compete in Sochi. She holds the world and Olympic records.