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Jamaica's bobsledders end Sochi dream

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The team from Jamaica JAM-1, piloted by Winston Watts (right) and brakesman Marvin Dixon, take a curve during the men's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. - AP

Jamaica's two-man bobsled team saved their best for last, but still finished at the foot of the ladder as the two-day competition concluded at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia yesterday.

In their third and final heat, 46-year-old Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon, 30, clocked 58.17 seconds to follow up the 58.42 and 58.81 they did in the first two heats on Sunday.

With only the top-20 teams allowed to complete the fourth run, Jamaica ended 29th of the 29 teams which finished the event. Serbia had withdrawn after Sunday's first two heats.

Jamaica's Watts and Dixon were always big outsiders entering the event. They qualified for the competition for the first time since 2002, making it without racing in any World Cup events, but accumulating enough points in lower-tier races in North America.

Russia's pair, Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov, were the gold medal winners with a final combined time of 3:45.39. Switzerland's Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti were second with 3:46.05, while the bronze medal went to Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, 3:46.27.