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JOA boss hails bobsledders

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian (right) 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, yesterday.

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda, is confident the nation's women's bobsled team will improve their position when they compete in the final two runs today at the Winter Games.

The history-making two-man team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell are currently ranked 18th out of 20 teams, with a cumulative time of one minute 42.79 seconds after the first two runs yesterday. In the first heat, the Jamaicans stopped the clock at 51.29 seconds, and were placed 17th. They were a little bit slower in the second run with 51.50.

"I think it was a good performance. I am looking for a better display in the runs (today) and hope that they will improve their position," Samuda said. "The girls have done very well in reaching the Winter Olympics, and many countries which have a richer history than us in winter sports have not reached, and I think that, in itself, is very commendable."

He continued: "They have worked assiduously during the course of the year. They do not have the facilities that other teams have, but they have the commitment."

The gold-medal favourites are Germany's Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Marie Buckwitz, who lead the way with 1:41.26. They are closely followed by Americans Lauren Gibbs and Elana Meyers on 1:41.33.

Jamaica's team is scheduled to hit the ice at 6:30 a.m. today for their third run. They will return approximately 90 minutes later, at 8 a.m., for the fourth run.