BMW IBSF World Cup: Yunjong Won wins final and first overall World Cup for Korea
Königssee (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Yunjong Won of Korea has won the overall World Cup for Korea, the first time that the host nation of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang has managed this feat. In the final race of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016 on the artificial track in Königssee (GER), Yonjong Won and his brakeman Youngwoo Seo closed their most successful season to date with a second victory and the top place in the overall standings. Close behind in second came Beat Hefti of Switzerland with Alex Baumann, just 0.05 seconds back in the last of the eight season races. Third place went to World Champion Francesco Friedrich of Germany and his brakeman Candy Bauer, who were 0.15 seconds behind the leader.
Yunjong Won goes down in history as Korea’s first ever overall World Cup winner in the two-man bobsleigh with 1562 points and a total of five podium finishes this season. Nico Walther of Germany, who finished sixth in Königssee, is overall second in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016 with 1450 points, and Latvia’s Ugis Zalims is third with 1410 points after a seventh place in the Königssee race.
Complete results lists showing all race times, overall times and the latest World Cup standings can be found at www.ibfs.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), on the official IBSF page, and on the IBSF Facebook group. ©RWH2015-2016
Yunjong Won (KOR, overall winner of 2016 World Cup, fifth in 2015 World Championships)
“This is a great day for me and my country. I’m very proud. I’d like to thank everyone who supported the Korean team.”
Beat Hefti (SUI, second in 2014 Olympics, third in 2016 World Championships, European Champion in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016)
“I’m more than happy with two medals and the title of European Champion in the last two World Cup races. We fought back well after the injuries besetting us at the beginning of the season.”
Francesco Friedrich (GER, World Champion in 2013, 2015 and 2016)
“Our first start wasn’t nearly smooth enough. We had zero concentration. I’m surprised that run was faster than the second. If we all come through without injury, we’ll be fighting for the crystal globe next season.”
29 Feb 2020
Half time in 4-man bobsleigh with Walther, Kibermanis and Lochner taking top three spots