Canadian bobsleds in position to medal after two runs

Canada's Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett are seen at the start of Heat 1 at the Sanki Sliding...

Canada's Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett are seen at the start of Heat 1 at the Sanki Sliding Center, in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday, February 16, 2014. (Didier Debusschere/QMI AGENCY)

TED WYMAN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:55 PM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - Canada's Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett are in fourth place after the first two runs of the men's two-man bobsled event at the Olympic Winter Games.

Piloting Canada-3, Kripps is 0.44 seconds off the gold-medal pace set by Alexander Bubkov in Russia-1.

The Canadians had times of 56.56 and 56.70.

Kripps and Barnett will try to move up into podium position with two more runs on Monday night.

Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden in Canada-2 are eighth after the first day of competition, while Lyndon Rush and Lascelles Brown in Canada-1 are ninth.

"We made some obvious mistakes," Spring said. "We'll be back tomorrow to clean things up and we need to weigh it down."

Lumsden, the former Canadian Football League star, who is competing in his second Olympics after making a full-time switch to bobsledding, said he believes there's still room for hope.

"Our velocity on both runs was pretty good," Lumsden said. "Consistency is the most important thing in this sport and anything can happen."

Brown didn't seem to think his team was out of contention by any means, either.

"To win an Olympic medal you have to push hard and that's all we came here to do," he said. "Hopefully we come here tomorrow and execute."

Switzerland-1, piloted by Beat Hefti, is sitting in second place after Day, while Steven Holcomb's USA-1 is third.

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