Skeleton

CBC Sports - Saturday Feb. 15, 2014 11:12 ET

John Fairbairn ends men's skeleton event in 7th

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov wins Olympic gold medal

John Fairbairn celebrates skeleton run
Canada’s John Fairbairn posted a strong final run in men’s skeleton on Saturday at the Sliding Center Sanki in Sochi. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Canadian John Fairbairn finished seventh in the men's skeleton event on Saturday at the Sliding Center Sanki in Sochi.

Fairbairn, of London, Ont., had a final run of 56.96 seconds for a combined four-run time of three minutes 48.13.

Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., ended the competition in 13th place, with a combined time of 3:48.77.

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov completed four terrific runs en route to a gold medal, posting a time of 56.02, with a combined time of 3:44.29.

Tretiakov dominated the event and gives Russia its fourth overall gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, bettering the nation's total from Vancouver by one.

"To perform at home in an Olympics is easier because everyone's helping and the supporters are all behind you," said Tretiakov.

"At the same time it's a gigantic responsibility. Such a load has fallen from my shoulders, it's such a relief."

Martins Dukurs of Latvia finished with the silver at 3:45.10, and American Matthew Antoine took bronze in 3:47.26.

-With notes from Reuters

 

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