Francesco Friedrich finishes second in Altenberg ahead of Oskars Kibermanis
Altenberg (RWH): What better way to mark your birthday than with a start record and World Cup victory. Bobsleigh pilot Justin Kripps of Canada has won the BMW IBSF World Cup race in Altenberg on his 31st birthday. This win marks the second career victory for the World Championship silver medallist and current leader in the overall World Cup standings. His first gold medal came in Königssee on 25 January 2014.
With his brakeman Alexander Kopacz, Kripps also broke the 14-year-old start record, setting a new best time of 5.11 seconds. The previous record for Altenberg was set by four-time Olympic Champion André Lange with Kevin Kuske (GER, 5.12 seconds) back in December 2003.
After the World Cup race's two heats, Kripps/Kopacz held a 0.09-second lead over the World Champion Francesco Friedrich with Martin Grothkopp (GER). Bronze medallists Kibermanis/Matiss Miknis (LAT) finished 0.51 seconds behind the winning duo.
Mateusz Luty/Krzysztof Tylkowski finished ninth, the best ever result for the Duo from Poland.
With his win in Altenberg, Justin Kripps (CAN, 1,239 points) has extended his lead to 148 points in the overall rankings for the BMW IBSF World Cup after the sixth of eight races. His team mate Chris Spring (CAN, 1,091), who was 12th in Altenberg, is second overall ahead of Francesco Friedrich (GER, 1,069).
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Photo: IBSF/Viesturs Lacis