On a roll at the right time

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Af­ter strug­gling much of the sea­son, Burling­ton na­tive Jesse Lums­den and his skip Justin Kripps re­bounded with a sil­ver medal at last week­end’s two-man World Bob­sleigh Cham­pi­onships in Konigsee, Ger­many.

And Hamil­ton’s Nick Polo­ni­ato, a world cham­pi­onship rookie, shocked the veteran-laden sport, driv­ing to a fifth-place fin­ish with crew Neville Wright of Ed­mon­ton.

The pair reg­is­tered the third-fastest times down the run in both the sec­ond and fourth of the four heats. Their com­bined time of 3:18.23 missed the podium by just .27 of a sec­ond.

Ger­many’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Mar­gis dom­i­nated the twoman and fin­ished 1.20 sec­onds ahead of Kripps and Lums­den, as the two Cana­dian sleds were the only North Amer­i­cans among the top six.

“We started in 11th spot (on the sec­ond day of rac­ing) and came out swing­ing right of the gate,” Lums­den said on the Bob­sleigh Canada web­site. “Our pushes were bet­ter and Justin had four of the most con­sis­tent runs he has had all year.

“Con­sis­tency is king. The start, the drive — it is all about con­sis­tency. It feels great.”

The four-man event at the World Cham­pi­onships is set for Fri­day in Konigsee.

AN­GE­LIKA WAR­MUTH, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Canada’s Justin Kripps, left, and Jesse Lums­den, cel­e­brate their sec­ond place fin­ish Feb. 19.

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