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WINTER OLYMPICS LIVE: Men's four-man bobsleigh, day two
This live event has finished
- John Jackson's GBR1 sled move up a place to sixth overall after a third run of 55.31 this morning
- Jackson and co just 0.18 off third-placed USA 1 with an overall time of 2:45.84.
- Heat four currently underway
That's about it from Winter Olympics Live today. Thanks for staying with us to follow the Olympic bids of Trowbridge's Paula Walker and John Jackson, as well as skeleton slider Shelley Rudman in Sochi.
We'll have more reaction from Jackson to his fifth-placed finish at wiltshiretimes.co.uk/sport and in Friday's Wiltshire Times.
For @JohnJacksonGB to get from where he was to where he is right now is nothing short of amazing. Hard work pays off, guys. Congrats.— @Chris_G_ 23 February 2014
Congrats to gb1 on an awesome result at the Olympics @Bruce_Bobsleigh @JohnJacksonGB @JoelFearon6 @StuBensonGB 🎉💪🎉— @lisawhybourn 23 February 2014
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh fantastic performance lads..great acheivement...been amazing to watch!!!— @stevekerry61 23 February 2014
@JohnJacksonGB @GBBobsleigh Well done, great start & slide 5th place, go boys!#Sochi #TeamGB #bobsleigh— @MoragMcConnell 23 February 2014
Jackson's partner Paula Walker and her brakewoman Rebekah Wilson, who were 12th in the women's two-man event earlier this week, were also at the Sanki Sliding Centre to lend their support.
Some of the images from the final day as Jackson's Great Britain 1 crew finish fifth.
Absolutely fantastic result for @GBBobsleigh @JohnJacksonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @CoachGA @Woolley_Man Well done guys— @dnabobsleigh 23 February 2014
@JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @JoelFearon6 fought hard guys, 2nd fastest on 2 of the runs shows the speed. Well done— @courtneyrumbolt 23 February 2014
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh Well done boys.!! Great runs.! Faster and faster.!! We are all proud.!!!— @PhillJN1980 23 February 2014
Fantastic 5th against tough opposition& so close2the medals.Well done @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 & @Bruce_Bobsleigh #GoTeamGB— @ASIF_KISSON 23 February 2014
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh awesome effort :)— @laurarichards99 23 February 2014
Overall, it's been a great race. We're only 11 hundredths off the medals but sometimes just being involved in such a great race like this, such a close race makes it worthwhile and it's enjoyable. I think I'd like to stay on for another couple of years, depending on what the Royal Navy and Royal Marines do. But I'm happy to keep working with these boys. I think we're still developing as a team and hopefully Bruce (Tasker) will take over for the next Olympics. But we'll see what happens. A massive thank you to everybody back home. I know a lot of people have been watching us and supporting us and we're grateful for that.John Jackson tells BBC Sport
@JohnJacksonGB You and the boys have done us proud. Thrilling final run, well done.— @suzartravel 23 February 2014
@JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB A huge congrats to 5th place the day so close to a medal is a great performance We are very proud of you guys— @pigeonboy1984 23 February 2014
Congratulations to @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 & @Bruce_Bobsleigh who finish 5th in the men's bobsleigh http://t.co/D0KD7YVdf5— @uk_sport 23 February 2014
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh 5th in the world for a snowless country #excellent #welldone!— @gav_pat 23 February 2014
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh 5th is incredible!!!!!! Well done guys you made us proud!!!!— @Azrael1664 23 February 2014
Sure, there will be disappointment for the British crew. But let's not forget they improved their position with every run and, at the end, were just 0.11 behind Holcomb's American crew in third.
@JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 & @Bruce_Bobsleigh, you did amazingly boys! Well done #bobsleigh #GBbobsleigh #TeamGB— @maryenidsalmon 23 February 2014
@GBBobsleigh @JohnJacksonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon may not get a medal but SO VERY PROUD of em. Gave us huge excitement.— @L_Livingstone1 23 February 2014
Russia win the gold. Latvia are second and the USA win bronze. Delight for the home supporters.
Fantastic effort by Jackson - it should be remembered. He suffered a ruptured Achilles last summer, throwing his participation here into doubt.
Latvia 1 go into the lead. So it's no medal for Jackson and co, who are currently fourth. Russia 1's Alexander Zubkov is the final sled - remember he's the two-man champion too.
Whatever happens, @JohnJacksonGB has done our Corp proud. #RoyalMarines— @tommy_bry 23 February 2014
So consistent from @JohnJacksonGB with only 0.05s difference over the 4 runs #topjob— @BobsleighBrad 23 February 2014
What a slide by @JohnJacksonGB ...amazing run @TeamGB #Sochi2014— @VacationJunki 23 February 2014
United States 1 get ready. Steven Holcomb is the Olympic champion and he gets 0.03 in front of Russian Federation 2, pushing the Brits down into third.
@JohnJacksonGB and the boys great run. Nervous few minutes. #FeelTheRhythm— @maginnis78 23 February 2014
@JohnJacksonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 yes boys! What a stormer! #GoTeamGB— @JerryGBskeleton 23 February 2014
You can't underline enough what a great start that was by Jackson's crew, but Russian Federation 2 go 0.08 into the lead. So it's not gold - but there are still three teams to go.
Russian Federation 2 are next. What have they got?
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 & @Bruce_Bobsleigh,we are proud! #bobsleigh #GoTeamGB— @FranzeseGeeStar 23 February 2014
Whooop fantastic run by #GB1 @GBBobsleigh @JohnJacksonGB Team!! Well done! @TeamGB #GoTeamGB 🇬🇧— @gllnkk 23 February 2014
Hang on to your hats. Germany 1 come down slower. Jackson and co are still in the leaders' house. Beating the Germans is not mean feat, mind you.
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh Yes!!! That was superb!! 🇬🇧— @ImpossibleHelen 23 February 2014
Outstanding slide!!! @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh #GBR1 #meatwagon @GBBobsleigh— @Al_Mc72 23 February 2014
It's a fantastic drive from Jackson. 55.26 and 0.27 ahead of Germany 3. Jackson looks delighted with that as they cross the line. There is a medal chance here, but it will rely on mistakes from the rest.
It's a 4.79 start. Equal to their best so far.
Germany 3 take the lead by 0.24. Here come Great Britain 1. Fingers crossed.........
Not a great run by Switzerland 1 but they hang on to go into the lead 0.01 seconds in front of the Canadians. Germany 3 next and then it's Jackson.
Are we all ready to shout for @JohnJacksonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 ? Get your #CheerGear on!— @L_Livingstone1 23 February 2014
Canada 2 go into the leaders' house. Some big jumps in time to the next crews now but the top six after run three are all reasonably close together.
@TeamGB @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @JoelFearon6 @Bruce_Bobsleigh Go boys!— @CookieWells1 23 February 2014
@teamgb Go for it lads!!!! @bruce_bobsleigh @joelfearon6 @johnjacksongb @stubensongb we all with ya!! #GoTeamGB #bobsleigh #bbcsochi— @barrybazzabazF1 23 February 2014
@JohnJacksonGB good luck to the 4 man bobsleigh team! #Sochi2014— @CollettCc 23 February 2014
Germany 2 are now in pole position. Jackson's Great Britain 1 go in four crews time.
To underline the small margins at play here, Netherlands come down in 55.75 to take over the lead by just 0.01 from the United States 2 sled. Top 10 to come.
USA 2 take over at the head of affairs as we approach the midway point.
Canada 1 go into the lead with a decent drive with a 55.76.
Best of luck & we're all pushing for you @JohnJacksonGB & the crew @GBBobsleigh Go for it guys! Go! Go!! Go!!! Go!!!— @iamtools 23 February 2014
Latvia 2 have taken the lead and Russian Federation 3 cannot displace them. Seven crews down so far.
France 1 go into the lead, but they are soon displaced by Czech Republic 1 by 0.01 of a second.
Italy 1 take over at the top, going 0.07 seconds ahead of Great Britain 2.
@teamgb Go for it!!! @johnjacksongb & @team_deen push the limits lads!!!! #GoTeamGB #bobsleigh #bbcsochi— @barrybazzabazF1 23 February 2014
Deen and co finish their Olympics with 55.95 to go into the early lead.
55.88 for the Koreans, with Lamin Deen's GB 2 crew up next
Korea 1 are to get us under way in the final run
@JohnJacksonGB @George4ManGb @Bruce_Bobsleigh @JoelFearon6 Good luck for 4th run @GBBobsleigh #ilovebobsleigh— @jw180212 23 February 2014
Good Luck to @JohnJacksonGB flying the flag as part of the four man Bobsliegh team today at #Sochi2014 #TeamGB— @PWRPlus 23 February 2014
4 man bobsleigh starts at 11.00! Come on @GBBobsleigh @JohnJacksonGB @StuBensonGB @Bruce_Bobsleigh @JoelFearon6— @bigantvideo 23 February 2014
A reminder that they will go in reverse order in the final run, which mean's Jackson's quartet go off fifth last. The Great Britain 2 crew of Lamin Deen will be second off in the final run.
And we're back. About five minutes before the of in the fourth and final run of the Olympic four-man bobsleigh and here's a reminder of where we stand.
The Russian Federation 1 sled lead, 0.17 seconds in front of Latvia 1, with United States 1 0.45 seconds behind the gold medal position in third.
John Jackson and Great Britain 1 are sixth, 0.63 seconds off top spot but, importantly, trailing third position by just 0.15.
On the face of it, there are two separate battles here, between Russian Federation 1 and Latvia 1 for gold and then as many as four sleds in serious contention for that bronze medal, including Jackson's crew.
Right, Owen Houlihan will be with you soon to guide you through the decisive final runs of the men's four-man bobsleigh competition.
Best of luck to Trowbridge's John Jackson and the GBR1 crew for their final roll of the dice
56.06 is the time from Great Britain's second crew, who remain in 18th place
And off they go!
GBR2, driven by Lamin Deen, are up soon. They're 18th to go but will be looking to gain some ground on the sleds above them
@TeamGB 4man Bob +0.18 off a medal going into last run! #AllToPlayFor #ThisIsBobsleigh— @BexGBbobsleigh 23 February 2014
12 crews have had their third runs so far and there haven't been any miracles from the chasing pack - are you ready for a medal push later this morning?
Fourth and final runs get underway from 11am and John Jackson's sixth-placed GBR1 crew are ready to attack the podium positions
6th place with the prospect of better ice over their rivals. The way this ice is degrading is very promising for GB1!— @craig100m 23 February 2014
Think its fair to say that the final runs for everyone watching @JohnJacksonGB & the crew later will be *edge of seat time*!— @ShelleyRudman 23 February 2014
It is SO tight in the top six of the leaderboard.
Germany 3, who began the day in fifth position, have slipped to 0.14 behind Jackson's crew whilst the Brits are just 0.02 off Germany 1 and 0.03 off Russia 3
Come on lads!!! @teamgb #GoTeamGB http://t.co/NH9wQ7A3s6— @TheYarnold 23 February 2014
So it's more progress for Jackson's British quartet.
They've moved up a place and remain primed to pounce on any mistakes from the sleds in front of them when the final runs get underway - that action gets underway at 11am UK time
Switzerland 1 are next up and they take all sorts of bumps as they fail to put pressure on the British quartet
John Jackson's crew come home in 55.31 to move up to sixth position! They're 0.63 off the lead and 0.18 off the bronze medal position
A good start of 4.80 from the Brits
And they're off!
Jackson's GBR1 crew are up next
Russia 2 put together a good run and move into fourth
Just one more sled to go before GBR1. Russia 2 are next up
Germany 3 notch up 55.50 - 0.77 off the leaders
The Germans take a few taps on the way down, it looks like they'll also come home slower
Germany 3 are fifth to push off - can they take advantage of their countrymen losing time?
Putin due at bobsleigh soon....he won't be amused by the sight of four men huddled together like that. What could they be up to in there?— @mitchpryce 23 February 2014
The Americans rack up 55.30 in their third run to move up to third
USA1 are next to go
We're whistling through proceedings and it's not long until GBR1 re-enter the fray
The German sled falls to 0.61 off the leaders. The second and third-placed crews have both lost ground this morning
Germany 1 are next up
But it's a slight slip-up from the Latvians, who come home 0.17 behind Russia
Latvia 1, who were on fire yesterday, are next to push off
The Russian leaders clock up 55.02 in their penultimate run - a strong showing
And they're off - heat three is underway
It's time. Russia's top crew, led by Alexander Zubkov, are at the top of the Sochi track and ready to get the final day of competition up and running
And don't forget the GBR2 are also involved in proceedings too - they clocked in 18th in the rankings yesterday
So there's just over 15 minutes left to go now until the action gets back underway.
Leaders Russia 1 (1:50.19) will look to lead by example as they push off first whilst our GBR1 boys - John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon - will be seventh to go
RT @skeletonamy: @JohnJacksonGB is only 0.19secs away from a bronze medal. It's going to be one hell of a race #superexciting @TeamGB— @WTSport 23 February 2014
Nice to see @JohnJacksonGB's family back home are supporting hard! http://t.co/mvuXQMZQcS— @paulawalkerGB 23 February 2014
The good luck messages have been flooding in for the British quartet:
RT @jennyjonessnow: 4man bobsleigh final starts @BBCTwo @BBCSport 9.30am send it lads!!!! @TeamGB— @TeamGB 23 February 2014
Meanwhile, British performance director Gary Anderson told BBC Sport: "Our aim was to go into the second day with the leading group.
"Our start position of 12th in the first heat was always going to be tough, but our second run has put us back in the hunt and we will give everything tomorrow to move up the leaderboard."
So there's less than half an hour to go until the decisive final day of competition gets underway.
Jackson is ready to give everything he has to push his crew up into medal contention.
He said: “We’re still only three tenths of a second off the lead and we’re good. Are we out of the medals? We'll just have to see how the next two runs go.
“It’s going to be good racing because it’s just hundredths of a second in it. I’m in the best shape I can be but am I in the shape I’d like to be?
"I’d like to be running two tenths quicker but I don’t think I could ask for anything more."
The Great Britain ace added: “In the first run we made a couple of little mistakes and in the second run, we just worked on those to try and tidy things up.
"We almost had identical times so I think that’s what’s pulled us up the order. We’re within easy reach of the top five or four.”
There were thrills and spills as Canada's third crew suffered a spectacular crash and Great Britain's top athletes now find themselves just 0.34 seconds off leaders Russia 1 and just 0.18 off the podium positions.
The members of the GBR1 sled will go into today's final two runs buoyed by their performance in the first two heats yesterday. Jackson and co were tenth in the leaderboard after their first trip down the ice in 55.26 before they climbed up the table to seventh with a second run of 55.27.
Jackson, 36, and the rest of his four-man crew take on the Sanki Sliding Centre track two more times this morning as they push off in search of Olympic glory.
Good morning. It's the final day of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and you join us as the eyes of the nation are set to focus on Trowbridge bobsleigh pilot John Jackson.
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