Israeli Speed Skater Bykanov Falls Shy of Semis in 1,500 Meters

Athlete finished fourth in his heat, 0.8 seconds away from advancing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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

Bykanov finished fourth in the second heat in 2:21.163 — 0.8 seconds away from advancing — at the games in Sochi, Russia. He will compete in the 1,000-meter race on Thursday and the 500-meter race on February 18.

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

Vladislav Bykanov leads during the men's 1,500 metres short track speed skating heats event at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters
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