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Jackson close to bronze but insists there's no regrets

February 23, 2014 12:41 pm

Great Britain driver John Jackson insisted there was no need for disappointment despite missing out on an Olympic bobsleigh medal by just over a tenth of a second in Sochi.

Jackson and his crew of Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon finished 0.11 seconds off bronze in Team GB's best bobsleigh performance at an Olympics since they finished third in 1998.

Their world ranking meant a difficult draw in the first run on Saturday, they started from 12th, ensuring Jackson had to pilot his sled through poor ice conditions, and only finished tenth quickest.

But after that they were always in the medal mix, finishing second, fifth and second quickest in the next three runs to prove their undoubted podium potential.

"We’re close but I don’t think we’re disappointed," Jackson said. 

"We’ve put in a good result. We started consistently and today we upped it. We were up there with the fastest starters in the world and we’ve had four runs that are within five hundredths of each other, so we were consistent.

"Sometimes consistency is enough, but today it just wasn’t quite enough. I think we’ve done Great Britain proud."

Russia's Alexander Zubkov added the four man title to his two man gold while Latvia's Oskars Melbardis and the USA's Steven Holcomb completed the podium.

Jackson will continue in the sport in the short term but claims this will be his final Olympics - and has backed Tasker to take over driving duties in Pyeongchang.

"This is hopefully my last Games what the bigger picture is for me is I'd like to continue for another couple of years to try to keep the funding coming in to help the guys," he said. "We're looking at developing Bruce as a driver and hopefully come 2018 he'll be the guy who's looking to take Great Britain on."

British team coach Gary Anderson, while admitting the result felt 'bittersweet', insisted the future was bright, with Jackson planning on driving for two more seasons before handing over to his successor.

"I'm extremely proud, it has four been extremely hard years," Anderson said.

"It just shows that what we are doing here is working and that's testament to all the coaches who work with me.

"It's bittersweet, you know what I wanted, that medal meant so much to our guys and we've come up just that little bit short."

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