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Steven Holcomb and Francesco Friedrich share second place after recording the same time

Königssee (RWH): Bobsleigh pilot Johannes Lochner has achieved victory in the two-man bobsleigh race at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Königssee. With his brakeman Joshua Bluhm, the runner-up in the 2015 and 2016 World Championships secured a 0.23-second lead over World and European Champion Francesco Friedrich with Thorsten Margis and the US pairing of Steven Holcomb/Carlo Valdes, who shared second place after recording the same time.

After the sixth of eight races in the pre-Olympic season, Francesco Friedrich (GER, 1095 points) moved into the lead in the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup overall standings. Steven Holcomb (USA, 1075), the 2009 World Champion, is second overall ahead of Alexey Stulnev (RUS, 1000), who finished fourth in Königssee. Defending World Cup title holder, Yunjong Won of Korea, fell to fifth place in the overall standings after finishing in 16th place in the Königssee World Cup. ©RWH2016-2017


Johannes Lochner (GER, runner-up in the 2015 and 2016 World Championships, 2017 European Champion)

“We ran a bit short in the first run. In the second run, we wanted to try running a bit further just to try it out ahead of the World Championships. It didn’t go well but then improved again. The atmosphere here at the finish line is amazing. We are looking forward to the World Championships!”

Steven Holcomb (USA, 2012 World Champion, 2014 Olympic bronze medallist, overall World Cup winner in 2007 and 2014)

“Both runs felt great. We made a couple of errors in the first run so we watched the race video ahead of the second run so that we could analyse our performance and fix the problems.”

Francesco Friedrich (GER, World Champion in 2013, 2015 and 2016, European Champion in 2015 and 2017)

“We wanted to start a little quicker in the second run but then I had a few problems getting into the sled. This meant we were on the sides almost straight away.”

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