Short track speedster Xandra Velzeboer just missed a medal at World Cup competitions in Beijing on Saturday.

She finished fourth in the 500m final.

Twenty-year-old Velzeboer had to tolerate the Korean Choi Min-jeong in the Chinese capital, where the Winter Olympics will be held early next year.

The gold went to the Polish Natalia Maliszewska and Arianna Fontana from Italy came in second.

Velzeboer finished third in her heat in the semi-finals, but the jury still allowed her to go through to the final.

The jury ruled that the Dutch was hindered.

Only the best two per heat advanced.

Earlier in the day, Velzeboer was unable to qualify for the final battle of the 1,500 meters.

She finished sixth in her heat in China in the semifinals.

Suzanne Schulting had already been eliminated.

The Friezin fell earlier in the week.

Korea's Lee Yu-bin took advantage of Schulting's absence and took the gold.

Itzhak de Laat finished second in the B-final in the men's race.

De Laat was knocked down in the semi-final.

The 1,500 meters was won in the men by the Russian Semyon Yelistratov.

The games in Beijing were the first of this World Cup season, in which tickets for the Winter Games can be earned.

The next World Cup is next week in Nagoya, Japan.

See also: How the short trackers can qualify for the Beijing Games

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