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Highlights Winter Olympics 2018, men's luge at Pyeongchang: India's Shiva Keshavan finishes 34th, David Gleirscher wins gold

As Shiva Keshavan prepares to finish his 20-year Winter Olympics career on a high at Pyeongchang, catch our live blog of the men's singles luge event.

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Highlights Winter Olympics 2018, men's luge at Pyeongchang: India's Shiva Keshavan finishes 34th, David Gleirscher wins gold

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Feb 11, 2018 - 19:30 (IST)

With that, we bring to an end our liveblog of the men's singles event of luge at the Winter Olympics 2018. 

Thank you for following. Goodbye. 

Feb 11, 2018 - 19:24 (IST)

Disappointment for Loch

A reminder of how cruel the sport can be as two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch fails to even finish among the medals! He was the hot favourite for a three-peat in Pyeongchang, but a tiny error in his final run caused him to finish sixth. Here's his father consoling Loch after his run ended.

Feb 11, 2018 - 19:16 (IST)

David Gleirscher seals luge gold!

What drama at the end of the men's singles luge event! Two-time men's singles Olympic champion Felix Loch will not get a medal at Pyeongchang! David Gleirscher wins gold medal with Chris Mazdzer clinching silver and Loch's compatriot Johannes Ludwig winning the bronze medal. 

Gleirscher final time: 03:10.702 secs. Mazdzer was only 0.026 seconds off while Ludwig was 0.030 secs off. 

Feb 11, 2018 - 19:00 (IST)

Austria's David Gleirscher assures himself of at least a silver medal

David Gleirscher, a man who struggled to even make it to Pyeongchang, has a brilliant run! A strong start, made a few mistakes. But still powered through to put up a great time. USA's Chris Mazdzer, makes a few errors, but assures USA of their first medal EVER in the men's singles luge event. Mazdzer was ranked 18th in world, but will leave South Korea as an Olympic medallist.

Feb 11, 2018 - 18:53 (IST)

Italy's Dominik Fischnaller sets track record

With a timing of 47.475, Fischnaller sets the track record. He also moves into the top of the standings. 

But remember, Austria's David Gleirscher, USA's Chris Mazdzer and Germany's two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch 

Feb 11, 2018 - 18:47 (IST)

Repilov take top spot from Kindl

Seven more athletes to go, but Russia's Roman Repilov dethrones Kindl from the top with a solid run in the fourth heat. 

Feb 11, 2018 - 18:43 (IST)

Kindl sets course record

Incredible, run from Wolfgang Kindl. He sets the track record with 47.521 in his fourth run. He's currently first after 10 athletes. But can he stay there?

Feb 11, 2018 - 18:33 (IST)

Shiva Keshavan ends his sixth Olympics in 34th spot

He's been India's flagbearer for six straight Winter Olympics. And he's finished his sixth Olympics in 34th spot. The rules stipulate that only the top 20 lugers after the third run will qualify for the fourth heat. So that brings to an end Shiva's sixth Olympics.   

Feb 11, 2018 - 18:00 (IST)

Hear from the champ himself

Feb 11, 2018 - 17:55 (IST)

Shiva Keshavan finishes 34th

Shiva makes an error at the top of his run, which takes him into the wall. However, he stabilises and has a really impressive showing around corner 9 to prop up his timings. He was 28th when his run finished, but there were a few more lugers left. At the end of the third run, he finished 34th.

Competing in his sixth and last Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, Indian luger Shiva Keshavan was placed 34th after Saturday’s two runs at the Olympic Sliding Center in South Korea.

Keshavan was 36th at the end of his first heat after a bad start to his run. However, he came back strongly and finished 31st in the second run, thereby bumping up his ranking to 34th overall out of 40  at the halfway mark of the men’s singles luge event.

Highlights Winter Olympics 2018 mens luge at Pyeongchang Indias Shiva Keshavan finishes 34th David Gleirscher wins gold

India's Shiva Keshavan before his first luge run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. AFP

The third and fourth runs will be held on Sunday.

The 36-year-old’s timing in the first run was 50.578 seconds while his second run was clocked at 48.690 seconds.

Keshavan had a sizeable contingent of Indians rooting for him at the Olympic Sliding Center on Saturday.

His sled bumped into both sides of the track at the start of his first run, which cost him valuable seconds — potentially the difference between finishing among the medals and finishing outside the top 25 in a sport which is timed to one thousandth of a second.

After the day’s action ended Keshavan tweeted, “What a fantastic second heat. Timing of 48.710. The entire Indian camp is delighted. The picture itself speaks a thousand words.

"Some more moments from the race. Happiness all around. Let's keep cheering. 2 more heats to go tomorrow," he said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, Germany's Felix Loch was on top of the standings after the second run — maintaining a 0.188-second lead over David Gleirscher of Austria. Roman Repilov, an independent Olympic athlete from Russia, was in third position.

Before the second day’s action begins, here’s a handy primer for luge:

And here’s our feature on Shiva Keshavan’s 20-year journey at the Winter Olympics.

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