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Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis
Meyers Taylor second in Worldcup, European silver and bronze to Schneider and Beierl

Königssee (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Mariama Jamanka (GER) is celebrating her third win of the season and her second European Championship title in Königssee. Together with pusher Annika Drazek, the BMW IBSF World Cup saw Jamanka score a 0.36 lead over Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyers TayClor with teammate Lake Kwaza (USA), giving her her third victory in four races this winter. Following on from her 2017 success, Mariama Jamanka celebrated her second title and gold medal in the European Championship rankings. For pusher Annika Drazek, the win meant nothing less than a fourth consecutive title.

World Cup bronze and European Championship silver went to last year's European Champion. With partner Ann-Christin Strack, Stephanie Schneider (GER) won her second medal in European Championships.

In a surprising turn of events, bronze at the 2019 European World Championships in the 2-woman bobsleigh went to Austrians Katrin Beierl and Jennifer Onasanya. 2018 Junior World Champion Beierl's fourth position in the World Cup rankings was her best result to date in the race series.

The Romanian bobsleigh duo, Junior World Champion Andreea Grecu and Teodora Vlad, missed out on their first medal in the European Championships by a mere two hundredths of a second. Their positions of fifth in the World Cup rankings and fourth in the European Championship rankings were nevertheless the best results the Romanians have achieved to date.

Looking at the overall rankings for the BMW IBSF 2018/2019 World Cup, Mariama Jamanka was able to extend her lead, with a current score of 885 points. Stephanie Schneider (GER, 761) is in overall second place ahead of Anna Köhler (GER, 744), who came in seventh in Königssee.

Further information, the World Cup and European Championships results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019

Quotes:

Mariama Jamanka (GER, Olympic Champion 2018, European Champion 2017+2019)

"What an awesome feeling! Anni won last year too, just not with me as pilot. Königssee was the track I competed on the first few times; I had my very first race here and took part in my first World Cup. This is my first World Cup victory here."



Elana Meyers Taylor (USA, 2014+2018 Olympic silver medallist, 2015+2017 World Champion)

"We had a few issues in the first run. The track conditions were totally different to the ones we'd been training on all week. But I'm always happy to get a podium position in the World Cup."


Stephanie Schneider (GER, Olympic fourth place 2018, European Champion 2018)

"We're very happy. The first run was really cool, we did a good job there. The starting times were also amazing, so hats off to Ann-Christin. We lost a bit of time on the second run, but what does it really matter now...? It's still a great achievement!"


Katrin Beierl (AUT, Junior European Champion 2018)    

"We never, ever expected this result - at the most, it was what we hoped for. The first run really wasn't great, but in the second I hit it perfectly, that's never happened to me before. The rest can be improved on but right now, I'm just extremely happy!"

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