Francesco Friedrich continues two-man bobsleigh dominance with 40th World Cup victory

2021-12-05 09:35:33 GMT2021-12-05 17:35:33(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BERLIN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- German Olympic bobsleigh Champion Francesco Friedrich performed a stunning second run to secure a comeback win in two-man bobsleigh in the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup series in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday.

With several small errors, Friedrich along with his brakeman Alexander Schueller only finished third with 55.06 seconds in the first run, behind compatriots Johannes Lochner/Christopher Weber and Rostislav Gaitiukevich/Mikhail Mordasov of Russia.

In their second run, however, Friedrich clocked the best time of 54.90s to take the lead, taking his 40th World Cup victory with a total time of one minute 49.96 seconds, 0.24 seconds clear of Lochner/Weber.

Russian duo Gaitiukevich/Mordasov finished third with a narrow 0.03 seconds disadvantage.

With three World Cup victories this season, Friedrich continues to lead the overall IBSF World Cup 2021/2022 rankings with 675 points. Lochner and Gaitiukevich are second and third with 630 and 568 points respectively.

In the Women's Monobob World Series, World Champion Kaillie Humphries from the United States took her first win of the season in 2:00.57.

Appiah Cynthia from Canada (2:00.63) and the host monobob player Nolte Laura (2:01.10) finished second and third respectively. Enditem