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GB's Parsons delighted with shock bronze

By Robert Jones

Dom Parsons claimed Great Britain's first medal of the 23rd Winter Olympics with a surprise bronze on day seven as South Korea's Yun Sung-bin won the men's skeleton.

Parsons thought mistakes on the fourth and final run would prove costly, but Latvia's five-time world champion Martins Dukurs also erred and the Briton claimed bronze.

"I was pretty gutted after that run. I thought I had thrown it away with the mistakes I made," said Parsons, who finished 12th on the World Cup circuit this season. "I'm very grateful that I got lucky, and I've got to try to process what happened because it doesn't seem real to me."

Yun won by a huge margin of 1.63 seconds on his home track, with Nikita Tregubov, representing Olympic Athletes of Russia, ahead of Parsons by 0.02secs. Dukurs trailed the Briton by 0.11.

Yun said: "Getting gold in any Olympics is a great result but getting the gold here in my home country is a very great honour."

Meanwhile, Lizzy Yarnold faces a battle to retain her Olympic skeleton crown today after falling 0.10 behind leader Jacqueline Loelling of Germany after the first two runs.

Yarnold led after the first run but a mistake midway down her second shunted her back to third, with Great Britain team-mate Laura Deas also in the medal hunt a further seventh hundredths of a second behind.

Great Britain's men's curling team were beaten 8-6 by medal contenders Sweden to move to two wins and two losses from their four games to date.

Britain's Andrew Musgrave failed to build on his seventh-place finish in the men's skiathlon as he came in 48th in the cross-country 15km free.

Musgrave had hoped to muscle in on medal contention but never came close and afterwards admitted: "That was pretty shocking. I felt heavy the whole way round and never got going."

Dario Cologna of Switzerland pipped Norway's Simon Krueger, while Britons Andrew Young and Callum Smith finished 57th and 75th respectively.

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