Wicklow's David Connolly finished 20th in this evening's Skeleton final at the Winter Olympics in Turin.

Wicklow's David Connolly finished 20th in this evening's Skeleton final at the Winter Olympics in Turin.

The 25-year-old recorded runs of 59.97 seconds and one minute dead on the tricky Cesana Pariol track to record an aggregate total of 1:59.97.

The former sprinter hit a top speed of 74.9mph on his second run, 0.5mph miles faster than on his first.

Connolly, who only took up the sport four years ago, will gain valuable experience later this year when he begins his first season on the Senior FIBT Skeleton World Cup circuit.

Canada's Duff Gibson, 39, became the oldest gold medallist for an individual event in the history of Winter Olympics when he won gold in a time of 1:55.88.

Duff's compratiot Jeff Pain made it a Canadian one-two while Switzerland's Gregor Staehli took bronze.

Connolly said afterwards: "It's all part of the learning experience and it's pretty unheard of turning up at your first Games and winning.

"Most guys here have been sliding two years more than me so give me a couple more years and I'll be a lot closer to them. We are trying to build on this and take it further."

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Cork's Rory Morrish finished in 88th place in the men's cross-country 15-km classical event.

Morrish posted a time of 50 minutes 28.1 seconds. 

Estonia's Andrus Veerpalu claimed gold ahead of Lukas Bauer of Czech Republic and Tobias Angerer of Germany.