BMW IBSF World Cup in St. Moritz: Beat Hefti wins World Cup and European Championships
St Moritz (RWH) World Cup victory and European Championship gold for Switzerland’s Beat Hefti in the two-man bobsleigh: at the BMW IBSF World Cup in St Moritz (SUI), which also counted as the European Championships for the athletes from Europe, the 2014 Olympic silver medallist was already at the head of the 31-man field after the first run. Together with brakeman Alex Baumann, the 2010, 2013 and 2014 European Champion set a new season record (1:06.17 minutes) on home ice on the Olympia Bob Run St Moritz-Celerina and came in first in the World Cup ahead of the US pairing of Steven Holcomb/Carlo Valdes (0.18 seconds behind) and World Championship runner-up Nico Walther with brakeman Christian Poser (GER, 0.20 seconds behind). Nico Walther also won European Championship silver, his first ever medal in the two-man bobsleigh in this format. Bronze here went to Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske of Germany.
Pushed by Ilya Malykh, Maxim Andrianov of Russia celebrated his best result to date in the BMW IBSF World Cup with a sixth in St Moritz, finishing fourth in the European Championships.
With just one race to go in the World Cup series, Yunjong Won of Korea still heads the overall standings with 1337 points after a fifth in St Moritz. Nico Walther (GER) is overall second with 1274 points and Ugis Zalims of Latvia, who came seventh in St Moritz, is third with 1242 points. The final race in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016 will be held in Königssee (GER) at the end of February after the BMW IBSF World Championships 2016.
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