Ireland's Shannon six seconds off lead in skeleton

Ireland's Pat Shannon has come in 27th at the half-way stage in the men’s skeleton competition in Whistler last night.

Ireland's Pat Shannon has come in 27th at the half-way stage in the men’s skeleton competition in Whistler last night.

The Irishman is just six seconds off the leader, Martins Dukurs of Latvia.

England's Kristan Bromley moved into medal contention with a strong second run to leave him five hundredths of a second off a podium place.

Experienced Bromley clawed back from a bad start which placed him seventh after run one to make up two positions into fifth, close behind the third-placed slider Alexander Tretyakov of Russia.

Now three-time Olympian Bromley hopes his top-level experience will help give him the edge over some of the leading athletes for whom these Vancouver Games represent their first taste of Olympic competition.

Bromley said: “On this track five hundredths of a second is absolutely nothing. People are dropping or improving two to three tenths per run so it will all be made on that final run tomorrow.

“It’s about focus and it really is a mental game. There’s some young sliders in front of me who are prone to making mistakes. When the pressure starts building I’m hoping to capitalise on that.”

Bromley’s slow start appeared to nudge him out of medal contention but few of his rivals could build on their second run. Tretyakov improved from eighth to third, behind leader Martins Dukurs of Latvia and home favourite Jon Montgomery.

Bromley’s team-mate Adam Pengilly continued to struggle with the conditions of the Whistler track and trailed in back in 20th place after his two runs, seven places ahead of Ireland’s Pat Shannon.

Pengilly said: “If anything I’ve struggled even more tonight. I just had no grip on the corners. I was sliding all over the place and just made mistakes with my set-up and my runner choice was all wrong.”

Skeleton Results:

Overall Men’s Standings: 1 Martins Dukurs (Lat) 1 min 44.91 secs (52.32 secs & 52.59 secs), 2 Jon Montgomery (Can) 1:45.17 (52.60 & 52.57), 3 Alexander Tretiakov (Rus) 1:45.75 (52.70 & 53.05), 4 Matthias Guggenberger (Aut) 1:45.77 (52.75 & 53.02), 5 Kristan Bromley (Gbr) 1:45.80 (52.91 & 52.89), 6 Tomass Dukurs (Lat) 1:45.82 (52.94 & 52.88), 7 Michael Douglas (Can) 1:45.87 (52.83 & 53.04), 8 Zach Lund (USA) 1:45.89 (53.04 & 52.85), 9 Frank Rommel (Ger) 1:46.15 (52.90 & 53.25), 10 Jeff Pain (Can) 1:46.21 (53.03 & 53.18), 11 Sandro Stielicke (Ger) 1:46.42 (53.18 & 53.24), 12 Ben Sandford (Nzl) 1:46.43 (53.11 & 53.32), 13 Gregory Saint-Genies (Fra) 1:46.56 (53.40 & 53.16), 14 Eric Bernotas (USA) 1:46.78 (53.23 & 53.55), 15 Sergei Chudinov (Rus) 1:46.90 (53.64 & 53.26), 16 Michi Halilovic (Ger) 1:46.96 (53.09 & 53.87), 17 Pascal Oswald (Swi) 1:47.45 (53.77 & 53.68), 18 John Daly (USA) 1:47.73 (54.08 & 53.65), 19 Shinsuke Tayama (Jpn) 1:47.78 (53.94 & 53.84), 20 Adam Pengilly (Gbr) 1:47.92 (53.75 & 54.17), 21 Kazuhiro Koshi (Jpn) 1:48.12 (54.02 & 54.10), 22 Anthony Deane (Aus) 1:48.67 (54.55 & 54.12), 23 Anze Setina (Slo) 1:48.85 (54.50 & 54.35), 24 In Ho Cho (Kor) 1:48.88 (54.46 & 54.42), 25 Ander Mirambell (Spa) 1:49.36 (54.77 & 54.59), 26 Nicola Drocco (Ita) 1:50.37 (55.77 & 54.60), 27 Patrick Shannon (Irl) 1:50.38 (55.18 & 55.20), 28 Iain Roberts (Nzl) 1:52.79 (55.21 & 57.58)

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