Defending champion Lonnie Bissonnette wins final in La Plagne
La Plagne (RWH) Sebastian Westin of Sweden is the 2021 European and overall World Cup Champion in Para Bobsleigh. At the final of the IBSF Para-Sport World Cup 2020/2021 for athletes with disabilities in La Plagne (FRA), Westin finished second behind winner Lonnie Bissonnette from Canada. As the best-placed starter from Europe, the Swedish bobsleigh pilot thus took the title for the first time in the classification of the World Cup finals as European Championships.
With the World Cup points for second place, Sebastian Westin also overtook the previously leading Swiss Christopher Stewart, who finished fourth in La Plagne. So with 1036 points, the 28-year-old also became overall World Cup winner for the first time. Stewart (SUI, 1029) finished second ahead of defending champion Lonnie Bissonnette (CAN, 1018).
The athletes made the last Para-Bob race of the winter 2020/2021 extremely exciting. In the end, 0.02 seconds separated winner Lonnie Bissonnette, World Champion in 2016 and 2019 and four-time World Cup overall champion, from Sebastian Westin in second place. Third place in World Cup, 0.04 seconds back, went to Corie Mapp of Great Britain, who also won European Championship silver. The Bronze Medal went to Christopher Stewart (SUI).
The best-placed female athlete in the overall World Cup 2020/2021 is Živa Lavrinc. The Slovenian finished in the top ten in four of the five World Cup races and was seventh overall. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris