Deen slides to silver at Whistler World Cup

Deen slides to silver at Whistler World Cup

26 November 2017 / 12:31

You know the old story about British bobsleigh medals – none in four years and then two turn up in the space of a week.

This time it was Lamin Deen celebrating as he recorded the best finish for a British four-man crew since John Jackson slid to silver at Lake Placid in 2013.

Deen went one better than Brad Hall’s bronze medal in Park City last Saturday, as he set a track record of 50.66 seconds in Whistler on his first run.

He was unable to match that pace in the second run, recording just the 11th best time, but it was still enough for second place on the podium behind Russia’s Alexander Kasjanov.

And with Hall also registering a top ten placing – in ninth – and Micas McNeill and Moore finishing joint fifth in the two-woman bobsleigh just 24 hours earlier, it made it one of the most successful weekends in British bobsleigh history.

“I’ve been in this sport nearly 25 years and this weekend is right up there with anything I’ve experienced,” said GB Bobsleigh head coach, Lee Johnston – who also saw Hall finish 13th in the two-man competition on Friday.

“It’s on a par with last week - and to have two weeks like that in succession is pretty special.

“In two days of racing in Whistler we’ve won a silver medal, broken a long-standing track record, had two sleds in the top ten again, recorded our best women’s result for nearly nine years and seen Brad equal his best two-man finish of his career.

“The level keeps lifting.”

With the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games just two-and-a-half months away, Johnston is feeling positive about his team’s chances in South Korea.

Deen was pushed to his record by Ben Simons, Toby Olubi and Andrew Matthews, with Hall ably supported by Joel Fearon, Nick Gleeson and Greg Cackett.

And with two-man pilot and experienced four-man brakeman Bruce Tasker also set to come back into the squad, Johnston sees plenty of reason for optimism.

“We’ve got a team of 19 people out here all pulling together and working hard for each other and that’s something that makes me very proud,” he added.

"One of our coaches, Petr Ramseidl, was working on the sleds until 2am and he was back in the garage at 6am this morning.

“That’s the kind of work ethic that everyone in the squad - athletes and staff - are showing week in, week out. We’re in a great place and the results are proving that.

“I said last week that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, but this is two now so summer’s getting a little closer!”

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