Sean Greenwood pictured competing today. PA Wire/Press Association Images

Irish athlete Sean Greenwood suffered a bad crash in Sochi today

He finished in last place after the second heat of the skeleton event partially as a result of the accident.

Updated at 16.25

IRELAND’S SEAN GREENWOOD suffered a bad crash during the skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi today.

Greenwood had gotten off to a decent start, finding himself in 21st place after the first heat, with a time of 57.99.

His second effort was less successful, however. Greenwood was more than seven seconds slower than his initial attempt, partially due to a bad accident in which he came close to coming off his sled but somehow managed to continue on.

The accident meant he came in last place (27th) in the second heat, yet the Irish representative still gained plenty of acclaim for persevering despite this painful-looking setback.

Greenwood was estimated to have been travelling at 74 MPH when the crash occurred, which emphasises the skill it took simply to stay on the sled.

He competes again tomorrow at 2.45pm Irish time.

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