Winter Sports

Mixed Fortunes For Military Bobsleigh Athletes In Germany

The Great Britain squad was hampered by injury problems at the season-ending world championships in Altenberg.

The Great Britain bobsleigh squad had a weekend of mixed fortunes at the season-ending world championships in Altenberg, Germany.

The GB 1 sled, with three servicemen competing, had to pull out of the final two heats because of injuries to driver Brad Hall and paratrooper athlete Nick Gleeson. 

They were 14th overnight and the second GB sled, driven by Grenadier Guardsman Lamin Deen were in 15th.

Remaining British hopes then were down to Deen and his crewmates Ben Simons, Joel Fearon and Tremayne Gilling – they climbed three places to finish in 12th overall.

Deen recorded an overall time of 3 minutes 38.47, in a sled that was built in 1991 and on what he says is his favourite track.

It was 3.45 seconds adrift of the leader and gold medallists Team Francesco Friedrich of Germany, but a major improvement on Deen's placing of 20th last year.

Cover image: IBSF.