CALGARY, FEB. 15 -- Raymond Ocampo, the Philippines' sole competitor at the Winter Olympics, didn't win a medal in today's men's singles luge competition, but he didn't finish last. That was a victory in itself.

Lugers race the clock, but Ocampo was racing another opponent -- Albertu Carpentier Altin Aho of the Netherlands Antilles. Ocampo won that one: he finished next-to-last in the 38-man field; Carpentier Altin Aho was last.

"We knew going in one of us was going to finish last and I was within striking distance," Ocampo said. "I guess I win the Michelob."

The gold medal went to Jens Mueller of East Germany, who set a course record Sunday when the first two runs of the competition were held and remained in first place throughout today's final pair of runs. He slid through the 4,104-foot course at Canada Olympic Park in 46.367 seconds in the final heat for a combined total of 3:05.548.

Georg Hackl of West Germany (3:05.916) won the silver and the bronze went to Soviet Iouri Khartchenko (3:06.274).

Markus Prock of Austria, the favorite going into the competition, finished 11th.

The best U.S. finish was 12th by Frank Masley of Newark, Del., competing in his third and -- he said today -- final Winter Olympics. Masley's final run today was his worst of the competition and he blamed the 25-mph winds that whipped the course.

"I really blew it," said Masley, who plans to return to Drexel University for his final year of work toward a degree in mechanical engineering. "I wish I had my last run back."

There were no such regrets for Ocampo, a 35-year-old lawyer for a computer software firm in California's silicone valley. One of his sleds is called "the Corey Aquino Express" and he said the one he rode today might be christened "Corey Aquino Express II."

Although Ocampo was born in the Philippines, he has lived in the San Francisco area since attending college at Cal-Berkeley, where he graduated in 1976. So how does he explain the luge?

"A traditional Philippine sport, of course," he said with a laugh.

Actually, Ocampo said he did not begin sliding until three years ago. "Someone saw George Tucker do it in Sarajevo {the '84 Olympics} and said if he could do it for Puerto Rico, I could do it for the Philippines," Ocampo said. Tucker, who now lives in New York, finished 34th here, again representing Puerto Rico.

Tucker's finish put him just one place ahead of Ocampo (one luger was disqualified and another did not complete the course). "I was really hoping to beat George, but that's all right," Ocampo said.

Instead, Ocampo had to settle for beating only Carpentier Altin Aho, who headed straight for Ocampo when he came off the course. He offered Ocampo his congratulations and shook hands with the rest of the Philippine delegation -- Scott Parazynski, a student at Stanford medical school who is serving as Ocampo's coach.

Then the two athletes embraced and Carpentier Altin Aho left, a single camera clicking in his wake.