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Mar 14, 2014

Lord Windermere wins dramatic Cheltenham Gold Cup

CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) – Lord Windermere, ridden by Davy Russell for trainer Jim Culloty, won a dramatic Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday but only after a nerve-shredding stewards’ enquiry.

The 20-1 surprise winner prevailed in a photo finish, a short head in front of On His Own (16-1) with The Giant Bolster (14-1) third to hand Culloty his first Gold Cup success as a trainer after he triumphed three times on Best Mate during his riding career.

Feb 24, 2014

Sliding: Peerless Zubkov proves unbeatable on home ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Alexander Zubkov made full use of home-ice advantage by steering the twists and turns of the Olympic sliding track faster than anyone else to win both two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold.

If the first week of the sliding events belonged to Germany, who confirmed their status as luge powerhouses by sweeping all four golds, the second belonged to the 39-year-old Russian.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Sliding-Peerless Zubkov proves unbeatable on home ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Alexander Zubkov made full use of home-ice advantage by steering the twists and turns of the Olympic sliding track faster than anyone else to win both two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold.

If the first week of the sliding events belonged to Germany, who confirmed their status as luge powerhouses by sweeping all four golds, the second belonged to the 39-year-old Russian.

Feb 23, 2014

Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov ahead but Melbardis hot on his heels

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 22, 2014

Zubkov ahead but Melbardis breathing down his neck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov ahead but Melbardis breathing down his neck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 21, 2014

Britain in the mix to medal, says Jackson

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – For GBR-1 four-man pilot John Jackson, just to hear “British bobsleigh” and “Olympic podium possibles” in the same sentence made the months of painstaking and intensive rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles more bearable.

Jackson, a sergeant in the Royal Marines, suffered the career-threatening injury during training in July but after pioneering surgery and a remarkably quick recovery was back competing again at the end of November.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Britain in the mix to medal, says Jackson

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – For GBR-1 four-man pilot John Jackson, just to hear “British bobsleigh” and “Olympic podium possibles” in the same sentence made the months of painstaking and intensive rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles more bearable.

Jackson, a sergeant in the Royal Marines, suffered the career-threatening injury during training in July but after pioneering surgery and a remarkably quick recovery was back competing again at the end of November.