Sebastian Westin wins World Cup in La Plagne ahead of Stewart and Corie Mapp
St. Moritz (RWH) Para bobsleigh pilot Christopher Stewart (SUI) has defended his lead in the 2020/2021 IBSF Para-Sport World Cup ahead of the final and the European Championships. In La Plagne (FRA), the 2019 European Champion finished second and goes into the final race of the season as the overall leader after three podiums in four races. The final on 7 February, also in La Plagne, additionally counts as a continental championship for the Para athletes from Europe.
The winner of the fourth World Cup of the winter in La Plagne was Sweden's Sebastian Westin. In a very close race, the 2019 and 2021 World Cup bronze medallist celebrated his second consecutive season's victory. He was 0.02 seconds ahead of Christopher Stewart after two race runs. Corie Mapp of Great Britain, the 2019 World Championship runner-up, finished third 0.06 seconds behind winner Sebastian Westin and made the podium for the first time in the 2020/2021 winter.
World Champion Jonas Frei (SUI) missed the podium for the first time in the current World Cup season and finished fourth.
Gabriela Knapová (CZE) achieved a top ten finish for the first time ever in her fourth Para Bobsleigh race. As the best woman at the start, she finished ninth.
In the overall ranking for the IBSF Para-Sport World Cup 2020/2021, Christopher Stewart (SUI) is now the leader with 837 points. Sebastian Westin (SWE, 826) is second and could still become overall World Cup winner by his own efforts with a victory at the final: First place earns 225 points, second place 210. Overall third is World Champion Jonas Frei (SUI, 812) after four of the five races of the season. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris