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Pilot Jackson in contention at World Championships

February 2, 2013 12:57 pm

John Jackson is just over a tenth of a second shy of bronze-medal position at the halfway stage of the four-man bobsleigh event at the World Championships in St Moritz.

The 35-year-old has been in fine form in the four-man throughout the World Cup season, finishing outside the top ten just once from the eight races so far with a best placing of fifth.

He placed 19th in the two-man event at the World Championships in St Moritz with former sprinter Craig Pickering last weekend and is on course to improve on that in the four-man.

Jackson, and his crew of Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon, posted 1:05.84minutes first time out to rank 13th before going quicker on their second run to move up five places.

The British quartet clocked 1:05.46, the quickest time posted by anyone during the second run, to boost their hopes of further progressing in St Moritz.

Alexandr Zubkov leads Maximilian Arndt by 0.05 with defending world four-man champion Steven Holcomb third in St Moritz a further 0.25 adrift.

However just 0.16 separates Holcomb in third and Jackson, who was tenth in the four-man at last year’s World Championships, in eighth with the final two runs in Switzerland scheduled for Sunday.

Jackson represented Team GB at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he placed 17th in the four-man with Allyn Condon, Dan Money and Henry Nwume.

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