Jamaican skeleton slider fails to make medal rounds at Winter Olympics

Anthony Watson

After completing the third heat of the men’s event at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday, Jamaica skeleton slider Anthony Watson failed to qualify for the next round of the event.

Watson clocked 53.35 to remain in the 29th position following heats 1 and 2 on the previous day. He was short of his heat 1 mark of 53.13.

He finished just ahead of Ghanaian Akwasi Frimpong who was 30th in 53.69 as both struggled to keep up with the experienced field.

Cumulatively Watson’s time was 2:40.52 well outside of the qualifying mark.  Frimpong finished in the final spot with a combined time of 2:42.12.

Watson created history by being the first athlete to compete for Jamaica in skeleton.  Heading into the competition he held a world ranking of 74th.