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Reston’s Maame Biney eliminated in 500-meter short-track speedskating quarterfinals

Maame Biney of the United States gestures during the ladies' 500 meters short-track speedskating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Reston native Maame Biney has been eliminated from the women’s 500 meters in short-track speedskating.

Biney finished fourth in her heat with a time of 44.772 seconds in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Her time was 1.28 seconds shy of putting her into the semifinals.

Despite her elimination from the event, she will still compete in the 1,500, which begins Saturday.

Biney was born in Ghana and moved to the United States with her father when she was 5. She turned 18 late last month.

Biney has been heavily featured by NBC in its Olympics coverage, presumably at least in part because of her backstory and personality.

Biney is the first black woman to make a U.S. Olympic speedskating team.

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