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GB Bobsleighers record best finish in 53 years - in a Crowdfunded sled


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Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson recorded the best British finish for 53 years in the two-man bobsleigh event at the World Championship - using a crowdfunded sled.

Hall launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise £6,000 which enabled him to source a sled for the competition after finances were cut last year.

UK Sport withdrew funding for the sport's programme after GB teams failed to challenge for a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hall, 28, and Gleeson, 22, had sat fourth overnight after the first two runs on the track at Whistler in Canada - and finished in the same position on Sunday.

Former decathlete Hall and serving Paratrooper Gleeson narowly missed out on a first British medal since Olympic champions Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won bronze in Cortina in 1966.

They matched the result of Bruce Tasker and current four-man teammate Joel Fearon, who themselves finished fourth in Igls, Austria in 2016 albeit outside of the World Championships.

It marks another milestone for the pair having set three successive personal bests on the World Cup circuit since the turn of the year.

The British team knew they needed to secure a medal, or at least challenge for one, in order to convince UK Sport to reinvest in the programme heading towards the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

They clocked an overall time of 3:25.68 – trailing Canadian Bronze medallists Chris Spring and Neville Wright by one hundredths of a second, after almost four miles of racing at speeds of up to 94mph.

Britain have won the two-man world title twice before. Frederick McEvoy and Byran Black were victorious in 1937, finishing second the year after.

Anthony Nash and Robin Dixon, who were world champions in 1965, also finished third in 1963 and 1966.

Image details - Image is not of Hall and Gleeson. Captured by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy of U.S. Air Force. All U.S.Air Force photots are in the public domain. 

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