Ger­many un­beat­able

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

Ger­many is still un­beaten in World Cup bob­sled races this sea­son, af­ter Jo­hannes Lochner drove to a vic­tory in a four-man race Sun­day. Lochner led af­ter the first heat and needed to fin­ish his sec­ond heat in less than 48.95 sec­onds to hold on and beat the sled driven by Latvia’s Oskars Kiber­ma­nis. Lochner crossed in 48.77 and posted a two-run time of 1:37.74. Kiber­ma­nis was sec­ond and the Ger­man sled driven by Francesco Friedrich was third. Canada’s Justin Kripps, Ryan Som­mer, Ben­jamin Coak­well and Cameron Stones were fifth, 0.87 sec­onds be­hind the lead­ers. Count­ing women’s, two-man and four-man bob­sled races, Ger­many has won 12 straight golds this sea­son and 20 in a row go­ing back to last sea­son’s World Cup sched­ule and the Pyeongchang Olympics — where Ger­many shared one gold with Canada. Sun­day marked one year since the last time a Ger­man sled didn’t fin­ish first in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional bob­sled race, beaten by the U.S. women’s sled pi­loted by Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor and pushed by Lolo Jones in St. Moritz, Switzer­land.

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