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XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Dom Parsons claimed Great Britain's first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics with bronze in the men's skeleton.

After a dramatic final run, Parsons finished 0.11 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Martins Dukurs with a time of three minutes 22.20 seconds.

Parsons looked to have lost out on a medal until world champion Dukurs made mistakes on his final run.

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin won gold by a huge 1.63secs with Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, second.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Parsons said. "I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run, it felt like it'd had gone. But Martins Dukurs has made some more mistakes and he's the last person I'd expect that from.

"It's been great, all the work we've put in has paid off."

Parsons' medal continues Britain's run of winning a medal every time skeleton has featured at the Winter Olympics and is Britain's first men's skeleton medal since John Crammond in 1948.

Parsons, who finished 10th in Sochi fours years ago and has only ever claimed one World Cup podium, was not among the main British medal contenders ahead of the Games.

"Dom's aim was to get a medal, no-one though that was possible, but he's loved this track from the moment these Games started," Great Britain's 2010 skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams said.

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Brit watch on day seven

  • 06:00-07:50: British cross country skiers Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Callum Smith compete in the men's 15km free.
  • 11:05-14:00: Britain's male curlers face European champions Sweden.
  • 11:20-13:10: Lizzy Yarnold begins her bid to retain her Olympic crown, while team-mate Laura Deas makes her Olympic skeleton debut.

Today's gold medal winners so far

  • Alpine skiing: Sweden's Frida Hansdotter wins the women's slalom as favourite Mikaela Shiffrin misses out on a second gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • Alpine skiing: Austria's Matthias Mayer produces a brilliant run to win the men's super G and claim his second Winter Olympics alpine skiing gold medal.
  • Skeleton: South Korea's Yun Sung-bin claims the home nation's second gold medal of the Games with victory in the men's skeleton.
  • Snowboard: Italian Michela Moioli wins a thrilling final to take gold in the women's snowboard cross.

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Britain's dramatic first medal

Parsons had impressed in pre-competition training and then on the opening day of the event where he finished fourth after the first two runs.

In the first run of second day of competition on Friday, Parsons put in his quickest time of the competition – 50.33secs – to move up into third place.

But then after the final run he looked likely to narrowly miss out as a time of 50.61secs saw Russian Tregubov move ahead by 0.02secs.

However Parsons' bronze was confirmed when Dukurs, who has won eight World Cup titles and five world championships, made mistakes on his last run and slipped from second after three runs to fifth in the final standings.

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Analysis – who is Dom Parsons?

By Caroline Chapman in Pyeongchang:

Dom Parsons is a self-confessed speed-geek and is nicknamed 'the wizard'.

Like many other sliders, Parsons started out as a 400m runner and switched to skeleton in 2008.

Parsons not only knows how to race on a sled but he makes them, too. He's been working on a PHD in mechanical engineering since 2013 at the University of Bath and has helped design the skeleton equipment.

Parsons is also a big Formula 1 fan and if he wasn't a slider, he has said that being an F1 driver would be his dream job and his hero is Ayrton Senna.

The London-born athlete came into Pyeongchang having finished joint-fourth in St Mortiz – his favourite racing track – in the penultimate World Cup race of the campaign.

Live BBC coverage

06:00-09:15 and 13:00-18:00, BBC Two and online

06:00-14:00, BBC Red Button and online

09:15-13:00, BBC One and online

12:05-14:30, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (Ice hockey – Sweden v Germany in the women's preliminary round)

The Games Today

19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online (23:05-00:05, BBC Two Wales & 23:00-00:00, BBC Two NI)

14:00-19:30 & 21:30-00:00, BBC Red Button (replays)

Olympics Extra

20:00-21:00, BBC Four and online

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