2018 Winter Olympics: India’s Shiva Keshavan finishes 36th in men’s luge

first_imgIndia’s Shiva Keshavan, competing in his last Games, finished at the 36th position in the men’s luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday.Shiva registered 50.578 seconds in the Men’s Singles Run 1 which saw a total of 40 competitors in action.WATCHHe was 2.926 seconds behind David Gleirscher of Austria who took the top spot with 47.652 seconds.Germany took the next two spots with Felix Loch and Johannes Ludwig finishing second and third respectively.While Loch registered a time of 47.674 seconds, Ludwig came in at 47.764 seconds.Roman Repilov of Russia, who is competing as an independent athlete under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag, was fourth with 47.776 seconds.Heat 1 timing – 50.578, standing 36/40.Fastest time track record – 47.652 by Austrian David Gleirscher. Heat 2 coming up later todayLets keep that support coming in – Team Shiva #Olympics #Luge #PyeonChang2018 #Shiv6(Image source Olympic Channel) pic.twitter.com/PTtdOxz35sShiva Keshavan (@100thofasec) February 10, 2018Shiva Keshavan’s 20-year Olympic odyssey comes to an end at the Pyeongchang Games with a familiar lament about the country’s winter sports apathy.A teenage Keshavan shot down the luge track on a borrowed sled at Nagano in 1998 and at the age of 36, he will compete in his sixth consecutive Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre.There will be few compatriots to wish him well in the preliminary runs on Saturday, with cross-country skier Jagdish Singh the only other athlete to qualify from the country of 1.25 billion.For Keshavan, the face of Indian winter sports for two decades, it has ever been thus.advertisementHe was the nation’s sole athlete at the 1998 and 2002 Games and has never had more than a handful of team mates since.Four years ago at Sochi, he was unable to compete under his country’s flag due to an IOC ban of the Indian Olympic Association for electing corruption-tainted officials.The ban was lifted during the Games after the Association held another election but not until after Keshavan’s event.(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)last_img

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