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World Champion Friedrich celebrates 20th 4-man bob victory and 60th overall, Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Brad Hall in second place ahead of Benjamin Maier at the BMW IBSF World Cup

Winterberg (RWH) With World Cup victory number 60 overall and the 20th in 4-man bobsleigh, Olympic Champion Francesco Friedrich (GER) completed the first half of the 2021/2022 BMW IBSF World Cup.

At the fifth of eight races of the Olympic winter in Winterberg, Friedrich with Thorsten Margis, Candy Bauer and Alexander Schueller won by 0.30 seconds ahead of the British 4-man bobsleigh team of Brad Hall with Taylor Lawrence, Nick Gleeson and Greg Cackett. It was the second podium finish of the season for the Brits after second place at the season opener in Innsbruck (AUT) in November.

Third place in Winterberg went to World Championships runner-up Benjamin Maier (AUT, 0.36 seconds back) with Sascha Stepan, Markus Sammer and Kristian Huber.

In the overall ranking for the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022, Francesco Friedrich (GER, 1,125 points) is clearly in the lead after five of the eight races with the highest possible number of points. Johannes Lochner (GER, 964 points) remains second overall. After finishing second the day before, the 2017 World Champion with Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp finished fifth this time in Winterberg, tied with 2020 Junior World Champion Rostislav Gaitiukevich (RUS) with Mikhail Mordasov, Vladislav Zharovtsev and Pavel Travkin. Benjamin Maier (AUT, 962) is currently in third place overall.

For more detailed information including athlete profiles and results please visit ibsf.org. Photos for editorial use can be found at Flickr. ©RWH2021

Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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