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Deen admits room for improvement as he eyes top 20

February 16, 2014 20:16 pm

British pilot Lamin Deen is not giving up hope of cracking the top 20 after the opening two runs of the Olympic two-man bobsleigh event in Sochi.

Deen and John Baines are ranked 23rd and will need to climb three places in the third run in get the chance at a fourth attempt down the technical track at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

But Deen, 32, admits his new combination with Baines - following an injury to first-choice brakeman Craig Pickering - is taking time to gel.

"Craig and I before the injury had done a lot of work together on timing at the start," he said.

“For John and I this is probably the seventh run we have had together and we have still got timing work to improve on for tomorrow.

"It will be tough to get into the top 20 but this is bobsleigh, anything can happen. We have seen a few mishaps at the start.

“The top of the track is key. If you mess that up you can fall back as easily as you can gain time.”

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