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Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 20:21 GMT

Prince in bobsleigh crash

Prince Albert of Monaco's fifth consecutive Winter Olympics came to a crashing halt as his team finished down the field in the four-man bobsleigh.

The Prince ended up slithering over the finish line on his head.

The 43-year-old driver, racing under his family name of Grimaldi, came out of a bend too high and his sled was thrust over on its side.

It eventually came to a halt in the finish area where the crew scrambled out unhurt in front of a cheering crowd.

The mishap happened during the third heat of the four-run competition.

His team eventually finished 28th in the competition, some 9.68 seconds behind winners Germany II.

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