Ben Sandford 20th after two runs in skeleton

New Zealand's Ben Sandford is 22nd after the first run of the men's skeleton final at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sandford clocked 58.00 seconds in his first run at the Sanki Sliding Center to be 2.05 seconds behind leader, Alexander Tretiakov of Russia, then went down the track in 57.75 in his second run to move up two places. Sandford is 3.76 seconds behind Tretiakov.

Two runs remain tomorrow, with the third from 3.45am (NZ time) and the final from 5.15am (NZ time).

Sandford was unimpressed with his day, quipping to media "I'm usually pretty good at skeleton".