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Bobsleigh-Brazilian sled crashes again

By Staff
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CESANA, Italy, Feb 25: The Brazilian sled crashed for the second time in as many days in the penultimate run of the Olympic four-man bobsleigh competition today.

The sled driven by Ricardo Raschini flipped on its side on the tricky lower part of the Cesana track, then rolled over and reached the finish upside down.

When the sled finally came to a halt, Raschini and two of his crew, Marcio Silva and Edson Bindilatti, got out and walked away, smiling and waving to the cheering crowd.

The fourth crew member, Claudinei Quirino, was receiving treatment at the track's medical center for an ice burn on his shoulder which he had sustained earlier and aggravated in the crash. The injury was not serious, organisers said.

''He (Quirino) is just having it (his shoulder) massaged to loosen the muscles,'' Silva said.

''It was the same mistake as yesterday (Friday) on turn 14,'' he added.

''I thought we were almost over with the turn but not quite.

When we turned over we were ready for it and held on tight so we wouldn't get hurt.'' The Brazil I sled was not on the start list for the final heat later today. The Brazilians had crashed in the first run yesterday.

Silva had a German helmet on when he squeezed in behind Raschini in Friday's second run. His own helmet had been damaged in the crash and the Germany team handed him one of theirs.

The Brazilian four-man team had made headlines even before the start of the two-day event.

Brazil picked Quirino after Armando dos Santos was sent home following a failed pre-Games test for the banned substance nandrolone.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) then filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Bobsleigh Federation's decision to allow the Brazilians to select a replacement.

The appeal was turned down.

Reuters

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