Isaac Owusu - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 12:30 ET

Devon Kershaw pulls out of cross-country 50K

Won't compete due to illness


Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont, has been representing Canada on the senior level for nearly a decade, but had a disappointing Olympics in Sochi. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Amidst a disappointing Sochi Olympics, cross-country skier Devon Kershaw will not find redemption in the 50-kilometre free mass start event, as he pulled himself out.

Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., tweeted that his health is not in good enough condition to ski the race after being ill for a week. 

The race was to be his fourth event at the Sochi Games. 

Kershaw finished 36th in the 15K classic, 56th in the individual sprint, while his best Olympic result was his sixth-place finish in the team sprint semifinal

Previous to Sochi, he and Alex Harvey had generated lofty expectations for them at the Olympics, after going into Norway and  beating the favourites for gold in the team sprint at the 2011 world championships.

Kershaw was 5th in the 50 km event at the Vancouver Olympics, just 1.6 seconds from the gold medal.

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