Jamaican Skeleton slider Watson faces tough task

Written by on February 14, 2018

Jamaica Skeleton slider Anthony Watson will have his work cut out if he is to secure a place on the medal podium at the ongoing Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang.

The 28-year-old Watson finished his sixth official training run on Wednesday, clocking his second best time of the series with 53.17 which was good enough for 24th place. Watson’s best time of the series came in Heat 5 where he finished in a time of 52.82 for an identical placing. The time was +1.48 off the group’s leader Martins Dukurs of Latvia.

Having been given six training heats to attempt to perfect his runs down the ice track, Watson will be the first athlete to get things started when Heat 1 of the competition begins on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm. Heat two will take place one hour later at 9:30 pm.

The other two Heats, 3 and 4 will take place on Thursday night at 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm respectively. In order to remain in contention for next week’s medal rounds, Watson must finish among the top 20 athletes on average time from the Heats. Watson will nonetheless be a part of history when he becomes the first athlete to represent Jamaica in the sport.


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