European Champion Kibermanis second ahead of Hannighofer and Lochner tied for third
Innsbruck (RWH) With his seventh victory in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2020/2021, bobsleigh pilot Francesco Friedrich (GER) finished the compettion year 2020. In Innsbruck (AUT) Olympic and World Champion Friedrich won the eighth race of the season with push athlete Alexander Schüller. Friedrich now has 33 wins overall in the 2-man bobsleigh.
European Champion Oskars Kibermanis (LAT, 0.78 seconds behind) finished second with push athlete Matiss Miknis. The bobsleigh pilot from Latvia thus stood on the World Cup podium for the fifth time this winter.
Third in the last race of 2020 were two teams with exactly the same overall time and 0.90 seconds behind: World Cup newcomer Hans-Peter Hannighofer (GER) and Marcel Kornhardt celebrated their first podium finish in their second World Cup start. They shared it with their teammates Johannes Lochner/Christian Rasp (GER). For the World Championships silver medallist Lochner this is the 20th 2-man bobsleigh podium in the BMW IBSF World Cup.
Olympic bronze medallist Oskars Melbardis of Latvia, pushed by Edgars Nemme, finished among the top six for the second time this winter.
Ivo de Bruin/Janko Franjic from the Netherlands celebrated the best result of the season in Innsbruck on rank eleven. The duo was a good two-tenths of a second off a top ten finish.
In the overall ranking of the 2020/2021 BMW IBSF World Cup, Francesco Friedrich (GER, 1785 points) enters 2021 as the undisputed leader after eight of twelve races. Johannes Lochner (GER, 1639) remains second ahead of Oskars Kibermanis (LAT, 1534).