Lamin Deen Bobsleigh World Cup silver, 2017

British soldier Lamin Deen has secured the first major bobsleigh medal of his career at a World Cup race in Canada.

The Grenadier Guards lance sergeant claimed silver at the Whistler Sliding Centre in the four-man event, coming very close to grabbing gold.

The performance moves him up to number four in the world rankings, with 546 points.

He and team-mates Ben Simons, Toby Olubi and Andy Matthews set a new record time of 50.66 seconds in their first run at Whistler, the world's fastest bobsleigh track.

L/Sgt Deen could not afford any slips in the next run, having only beaten Russia's Alexander Kasjanov by two hundredths of a second in the first.

But he and his team - which did its bit with the push start - were to fall tantalisingly short, missing out on gold by just 0.28 seconds.

Nevertheless, it was an outstanding performance from the soldier and his team, who were ecstatic when L/Sgt Deen got to the bottom of the track. He told the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation:

"When I was coming halfway down the track I thought 'Oh my God, I've made little mistakes', but luckily the boys gave me the pace to be able to make those mistakes."

"Kasjanov was flying. He was very difficult to catch... So there's no shame in dropping back [to second place] to him."

It's the best British bobsleigh performance since Royal Marine John Jackson took World Cup silver at Lake Placid four years ago - although the sergeant is waiting to find out if a retrospective Russian doping ban will see him receive a bronze medal for his performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The other British bob at Whistler, driven by Bradley Hall, came in ninth. You can see the results in full here.

Hall took bronze in Park City, USA, earlier in the month, and with Mica McNeill finishing fifth in the women's race. It is the latest in a series of exciting results for British bobsleigh, which no longer receives Olympic funding.

The World Cup bobsleigh circuit moves to Winterberg, Germany, in a fortnight, but with the Winter Olympics only a few months away, team Deen could be hitting their best form at exactly the right time.

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