Justin Piercy - Friday Feb. 14, 2014 09:47 ET

John Fairbairn 8th at halfway point in men's skeleton

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov in 1st after track-record run

John Fairbairn

Calgary's John Fairbairn is the top Canadian after the first trip down the track at the Sanki Sliding Center. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fairbairn, of London, Ont., had a second run of  56.92 seconds for a combined two-run time of one minute 54.26 seconds.

The London, Ont. slider is tied for eighth, 0.68 seconds behind third-place, held by American John Daly (1:53.58).

Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., is in 12th, with a combined time of 1:54.42.

"The first run I was hooked, but it wasn't as good as I wanted it. My nerves were going. The second was better," Neilson said. "I don't think we change anything for tomorrow. I like my gameplan."

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov benefited from some home-ice advantage, posting a track record time of 55.9 with his first run, and remained in first with a combined time of 1:51.99.

Martins Dukurs of Latvia is in second with 1:52.55

The final two runs are set to begin at 9:45 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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