Sebastian Westin wins third World Cup in St. Moritz ahead of Jonas Frei and Lonnie Bissonnette
St. Moritz (RWH) Para bobsleigh pilot Christopher Stewart (SUI) heads to the start of the 2021 IBSF Para-Sport World Championships in St. Moritz (SUI, 25 + 26 February) as World Cup leader. In the last Para-Sport World Cup race before the World Championships, the 2019 European Champion finished fourth, missing the podium for the first time in the 2020/2021 winter. The Swiss nevertheless narrowly defended his lead with now 627 points. Overall second before the World Championships is defending World Cup champion Lonnie Bissonnette from Canada with 625 points ahead of Jonas Frei (SUI, 620).
The third race of the IBSF Para-Sport World Cup in St. Moritz was won by Sweden's Sebastian Westin, who thus celebrated his first victory of the season. Jonas Frei, in the lead after the first race run on the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina, fell behind Westin by 0.07 seconds in the second run. The 23-year-old missed out on his first World Cup victory, but finished second to claim his third podium finish in the third race of the season. Third place went to 2016 and 2019 World Champion Lonnie Bissonnette of Canada (0.29 seconds back).
Živa Lavrinc from Slovenia, surprisingly fourth and within reach of the podium after the first race run, celebrated her best result in the Para-Sport World Cup so far in St. Moritz in sixth place and was again the best-placed female athlete at the start.
Five races are scheduled in the IBSF Para-Sport World Cup in the winter of 2020/2021. The venue for the fourth and fifth World Cup races (6 and 7 March) following the World Championships is La Plagne in France. The season finale on 7 March will also count as the European Championships. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris