Devon Kershaw pulls out of cross-country 50K
Won't compete due to illness
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.
— Devon Kershaw (@devonkershaw) February 22, 2014
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.