JON MONTGOMERY SLIDES INTO FOURTH SPOT AT SKELETON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 28, 2009
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Canada’s Jon Montgomery slid a fraction of a second short of winning a medal at the Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Montgomery, who sat in second spot after the first two runs on Friday despite day-long rain and heavy winds, fell short of hanging on to the first medal of the two-week event for Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes when he finished fourth with a four-run time of two minutes 47.13 seconds.
“I have some mixed emotions right now,” said Montgomery. “Part of me knows this is a World Championships and you have to be happy with fourth, but then I am little upset in that I dropped out to the medals.”
Montgomery, of Russell, Man., finished .04 seconds off the podium behind Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov, who grabbed the bronze medal (2:47.09). Switzerland’s Gregor Staehli solidified the top spot on the podium with a combined time of 2:46.58. Adam Pengilly, of Great Britain, was second (2:46.93).
The Russell, Man. native, who had a dream season last year where he won a silver medal at the World Championships, captured his second World Cup victory of his career three weeks ago when he claimed the gold, and his lone medal of 2008-09 season, at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
“It definitely wasn’t my best year of the three on the World Cup but the key is I was strong in the races that counted and that tells me I can perform under the pressure,” said Montgomery. “I had success this year by winning on the track that really matters so overall I’m pleased with the way things went. I’m going to continue training hard this summer and get ready to do it again next year.”
Calgary’s Jeff Pain completed his first full season back on the World Cup since winning the silver at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games by finishing in eighth spot. Pain clocked-in at 2:47.43. Calgary’s Keith Loach was the only other Canadian in the field and finished 16th (2:48.70).
The Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships wrap up on Sunday with the final two runs of the men’s four-man race.
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Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Gregor Staehli, SUI, 2:46.58; 2. Adam Pengilly, GBR, 2:46.93; 3. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 2:47.09; 4. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., 2:47.13; 5. Michi Halilovic, GER, 2:47:17.
Other Canadian Results:
8. Jeff Pain, Calgary, 2:47.43; 16. Keith Loach, Calgary, 2:48.70