Montgomery eyes gold, Pain in 10th

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. — He still must run down the world champion, but Jon Montgomery is in contention for skeleton gold.

The 30-year-old slider from Russell, Man. finished second after Thursday’s opening two rounds.

Montgomery’s time of 1:45.17 is .26 behind Latvian Martins Dukurs, who is seeking his country’s first Olympic Winter Games medal in the final two rounds Friday night.

It was a rough ride for fellow Canadian Jeff Pain, who caused a stir prior to the Games when he accused Germans of using illegal sleds. Pain had trouble keeping control of his own on the first run and is well back in 10th.

The 39-year-old Calgarian had a miserable opening run of 53.03 seconds leaving and was even slower in his second leaving him virtually out of medal contention. He trails the leader by 1.30 seconds.

“My first run was terrible, the second was better, but I’ve had a tough two weeks,” said the silver medallist from Turin, who blamed the effort on a torn oblique muscle he suffered two weeks ago. “I re-aggravated it on the first run, so it’s just survival now.

“Not my best effort for sure. It’s not what I aimed, it’s not what I came here for.”

Michael Douglas of Toronto had a strong showing and sits seventh.

rob.longley@sunmedia.ca

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