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Jamaicans end historic bobsled show at Winter Olympics

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell of Jamaica start their first heat during the women's two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Jamaica finished in 19th position in the 20 - team women's bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea after Wednesday's third and fourth heats at the Olympic Sliding Centre. 

The history-making pair of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell (with Audra Segree as the alternate), which became the first Jamaican female team to compete at the Winter Olympics, made their third descent in 51.83 seconds after a 5.50 seconds start; finishing at speeds of 127.1 km/h. 

They returned about 20 minutes later to register a 51.32 seconds clocking in the fourth and final heat, in spite a 5.57 seconds start - their slowest of the competition, for a cumulative score of 3:25.94, which left them 3.49 seconds behind the gold medal winners, the German team of Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz, who posted 3:22.45. 

Jamaica's fourth heat time was actually the 13th fastest time on the descent. 

The silver medal went to the United States team of Lauren Gibbs and Elena Meyers Taylor (3:22.52) with bronze going to Canadians Phylicia George and Kaillie Humphries (3:22.89). 

On Tuesday, the Jamaicans had posted times of 51.29 seconds on their first run, which had them tied for 17th place and 50.50 seconds.