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'Been through worse' says Davis after US flag row

AFP  |  Gangneung 

insisted he wasn't distracted by a row over the US flag-bearer for the Pyeongchang after he finished 19th in the 1,500m today.

"I've been through a lot worse," shrugged Davis, who had prompted a backlash when he suggested a racial motive after losing the right to carry the flag on the toss of a coin.

Davis, the most decorated US Winter Olympian with two Olympic golds and two silvers, lost out to when America's federations couldn't decide on the flag bearer, and tossed a coin to settle the matter.

The African-American Davis labelled the coin flip "dishonourable" in a post with the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018, triggering an angry response on

"I've been through a lot worse than what's been going on for the past few weeks so it didn't disturb me whatsoever," said Davis, 35, in his first comments on the furore.

"I'm OK, nothing distracted me. No excuses for not performing.

"I just wasn't strong enough to compete with the top-level guys. I'm thinking and hoping that this is out of the way now and I can just concentrate on the 1,000m."

Davis, who put his feed in "protected" mode at the weekend, blocking new followers and access to his posts, added: "After have gone I will sit back and go through everything in my mind, but I'm just happy to be here.

"is a beautiful thing."

The celebrated a one-two in the 1,500m with Kjeld Nuis storming to gold ahead of compatriot

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 22:25 IST