Bobsleigh: Pickering fast-tracked into GB two-man team


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Former sprinter Craig Pickering has been hailed as a potential star of bobsleigh by Britain's performance director after being selected for the World Championships just two months after taking up the sport.

Pickering will be brakeman in the GB two-man bob for the event in St Moritz, Switzerland, later this month.

The 26-year-old, who was European indoor 60 metres silver medallist in 2007, pushed a bobsleigh on ice for the first time two weeks ago and last weekend came 19th on his World Cup debut alongside pilot John Jackson.

"He is very strong, he is very fast," said British Bobsleigh's performance director, Gary Anderson, "and the best part of his run is the acceleration over 30 metres. It is so suited to bobsleigh, it's unreal.

"He was an athlete I have been after for the last 12 months and there is no reason why Craig, if he continues to progress like he is, cannot be one of the great brakemen in the world."

Pickering's track career ground to a halt in October when he lost his UK Athletics funding.