The 2-man bobsleigh gold medal won by bobsleigh pilot Francesco Friedrich (GER) at the BMW IBSF World Championships 2021 in Altenberg is a historic one in the almost one hundred-year history of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF. With his tenth title in total at Bobsleigh World Championships - seven in 2-man bobsleigh and three in 4-man bobsleigh - Friedrich replaced the previous record holder Eugenio Monti of Italy. After 55 years: Monti had been 2-man bobsleigh World Champion seven times between 1957 and 1966 and won 4-man bobsleigh gold twice.
Friedrich had already taken another record from the Italian in Altenberg in 2020: Since 1961, Eugenio Monti's five 2-man bobsleigh titles in a row had stood as the best mark in the sports history books. Francesco Friedrich won his sixth title in a row at the 2020 BMW IBSF World Championships after 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Incidentally, Eugenio Monti's Olympic victories in 1968 in the 2-man and 4-man bobsleighs occupy a special place in his career: At that time and until 1994, the winners of Olympic gold medals were also the World Champions for that year, without a separate race being held. Francesco Friedrich also had already achieved the Olympic double: in 2018 in PyeongChang he won gold in the 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis