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Tuesday, 22 January, 2002, 16:12 GMT

Ex-sprinter makes bobsleigh team

Former Commonwealth Games sprint champion Marcus Adam has clinched his place in Great Britain's bobsleigh team for February's Winter Olympics.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) confirmed Adam, who won gold in the 200m at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, is part of a 10-man bobsleigh squad to travel to Utah.

The Londoner, who also made it to the 200m final at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, will ride in at least one of the four bobsleigh teams who will compete at Salt Lake City.

He took up the bobsleigh just two years ago, along with former sprint colleague John Regis.

"Both drivers are strongly supported by a class squad of athletes"
Tony Wallington, GB bobsleigh team leader

Great Britain will have two teams in both the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events.

Lee Johnston and Neil Scarisbrick will both drive bobs in each of those events.

Scarisbrick, from St Helens, has not competed in the Olympics before, but Johnston of Taunton did take part at Nagano in 1998.

Johnston will drive GB2 while Scarisbrick steers GB1, succeeding Sean Olsson who helped Britain to their only medal of the 1998 Games in Nagano.

Two athletes who were part of the success in Japan, Paul Attwood and Dean Ward, are named in the Salt Lake City crew.

They are joined by Adam, Phil Harries, Phil Goedluck, Scott Rider, Dave McCallaand Colin Bryce.

BOA chief executive Simon Clegg said: "There is some exciting talent emerging in this squad as well as several experienced athletes who have shown they can compete with the best in the world."

Bobsleigh team leader Tony Wallington added: "We have a lot to live up to following our success in Nagano in 1998.

"Neil Scarisbrick is new to the Olympics but has demonstrated his ability by finishing seventh in the four-man World Cup this season.

"Lee Johnston is also producing some good performances on the World Cup circuit in the two man.

"They are both strongly supported by a class squad of athletes capable of meeting the world's best on equal terms."

The announcement completes the selection procedure for the Great British team, whose squad will number 51 at the Games.

That number is 18 stronger than the team which went to Nagano and the largest British Winter Olympic contingent since Albertville in 1992.

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