Canada's Montgomery fights to skeleton gold
Jon Montgomery of Canada stole the men's skeleton Olympic gold medal from Latvia's Martins Dukurs in a dramatic finale on Friday, dpa reported.
Montgomery, 30, reversed an overnight deficit of 0.26 seconds on Dukurs in the third and fourth run to win in a combined total 3 minutes 29.73 seconds from four runs.
The World Cup champion Dukurs led the first three runs, but had to settle for silver in 3:29.80. Alexander Tretyakov of Russia took bronze in 3:30.75 minutes.
Montgomery gave Canada its second straight men's skeleton gold, with Duff Gibson winning in 2006. It was the fourth gold for the host nation at the Vancouver Games.
Montgomery made up eight hundredth on Dukurs in the third run for an 0.18-seconds deficit into the final run in which he was also all but spotless.
Competing as the last slider, Dukurs led by 0.23 seconds overall more than halfway down the course, but then failed to get through the lower section accurately and eventually missed Latvia's first Winter Olympics gold by seven hundredth of a second.