Israeli speed skater out of 1,500 meters

Israeli short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter semifinals in the Winter Olympics by less than a second.

Bykanov finished fourth on Feb. 10 in the second heat in 2:21.163 — 0.8 away from advancing — at the games in Sochi, Russia. He was to compete in the 1,000-meter race on Feb. 13 and the 500-meter race on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

An immigrant to Israel from Ukraine, Bykanov, 24, carried the Israeli flag when the delegation marched into the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony. — jta