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Canadian Montgomery wins men's skeleton Olympic gold

2010-02-20 06:47:51 GMT2010-02-20 14:47:51 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Canada's Jon Montgomery holds a national flag as he celebrates winning a gold medal in the men's skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 19, 2010. [Agencies]

Canada's Jon Montgomery starts his third heat in the men's skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 19, 2010. [Agencies]

Canada's Jon Montgomery finish his final heat in the men's skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 19, 2010. [Agencies]

WHISTLER, Canada, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Jon Montgomery pulled off an upset to claim the gold medal in the men's skeleton at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games here on Friday.

The bearded 30-year-old Canadian beat heavily favoured Martins Dukurs of Latvia in the fourth and final runs to triumph with a combined four-run time of three minutes and 29.73 seconds.

Dukurs, who had set a searing pace for the first three runs, uncharacteristically slammed into walls in an ill-fated final run to capture the silver in 3:29.80. Alexander Tretyakov of Russia won the bronze in 3:30.75.

"Stupendous, outrageous, unbelievable, all those things," Montgomery said as scores of Canadian fans chanted his name behind him. "I'm just going to soak it all in."

"You get beyond what's in front of your nose on a skeleton track and you are going to be ass-over-teakettle in a world of hurt," Montgomery said. "We'll worry about how this might change my life after the Olympics are over."

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