Local hero Justin Kripps secures bobsleigh silver in Whistler ahead of Nico Walther
Whistler (RWH) Olympic Champion in 2-man bobsleigh, Germany's Francesco Friedrich, has scored his fifth consecutive World Championship title at the BMW IBSF World Championships in Whistler (CAN) and with it, achieved an almost 60-year old record in the world of bobsleigh. Previously the only bobsleigh pilot to perform such an achievement, the legendary Eugenio Monti (ITA) won five consecutive World Championships in 2-man bobsleigh between 1957 and 1961. However, by securing gold at the World Championships in Whistler (CAN) and with his previous titles from 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Friedrich has drawn level. Overall, Monti still has two more 2-man bobsleigh titles under his belt: The Italian was also named World Champion in 1963 and 1966.
With pusher Thorsten Margis, Friedrich finished in Whistler with a 0.59 lead over Canadian local hero Justin Kripps and teammate Ben Coakwell, Kripps having taken home silver at the 2017 World Championships. In 2018, the two pilots tied for Olympic gold in PyeongChang. Nico Walther and Paul Krenz (GER, 0.89 seconds behind) secured bronze at the BMW IBSF World Championships in Whistler.
Holding seventh place following the first of four races at the World Championships, Chris Spring and Neville Wright (CAN) were on a mission to move up in the results table and eventually finished in fourth place, narrowly missing out on a medal. Brits Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson came joint fourth.
Rudy Rinaldi from Monaco, who came third at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics, celebrated his best World Championship result to date after finishing in ninth place with Boris Vain (MON).
Further information including the World Championships results are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019
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