Rush's dream all over in a hurry

Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:21am EST
 
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By Martyn Herman

WHISTLER (Reuters) - Canadian Lyndon Rush's Olympic debut turned sour on Saturday at Whistler's dreaded 50-50 corner before favorite Andre Lange gave a driving masterclass to seize the midway lead in the men's two-man bobsleigh.

Rush was third after the first run and speeding into medals contention going into Sunday's decisive heats after being given a tremendous push-off by experienced brakeman Lascelles Brown on his second descent of the day.

However, trouble struck on the toughest section of the course and the whoops and cheers from fans perched around the snaking track turned to gasps of horror and groans of disappointment as Rush's sled turned on its side and flipped.

It rumbled around Thunderbird corner upside-down and out of control, slithering over the finish line before Rush and Brown were helped out of their stricken sled by course marshals.

"What do you say?," the 29-year-old former American football player told reporters as he clutched a bloodied and bruised hand. "I'm so disappointed, I really feel bad for Lascelles because he pushed so well.

"It's the Olympics right, that's big. Everybody tells me that's big. More than anything I like racing and this is a track where I'm good. I had a chance to do well, that's the most disappointing thing."

PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT

Brown, who competed for Jamaica in Salt Lake City before switching to Canada and winning a silver medal in Turin, suffered bruising to his muscle-bound back but the physical discomfort was nothing compared to losing the chance of a medal.   Continued...