Breeana Walker second at Monobob World Series in Sigulda ahead of Nadezhda Sergeeva
Sigulda (RWH) The last monobob winner in 2021 is also the first in the Olympic year 2022. Christine de Bruin from Canada won the Women's Monobob World Series race at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Sigulda (LAT).
After her first victory in the discipline in December 2021 in Altenberg, the Canadian followed up with victory number two on the first day of the new year. In a new track record time in Sigulda (53.77 seconds), Christine de Bruin relegated Australia's Breeana Walker (0.56 seconds behind) to second place. Walker was the fastest starter in both races and now also holds the monobob start record with 5.62 seconds.
Third place went to Nadezhda Sergeeva (RUS, 0.58 seconds back) on New Year's Day 2022 in Sigulda. It was the first podium finish of the Olympic season for the Russian.
A few hundredths of a second behind the podium places the athletes of Olympic host China, Huai Mingming and Qing Ying, finished fourth and fifth.
Not competing at the sixth stop of the Women's Monobob World Series in the BMW IBSF World Cup were many of the previous winners and placers of the season, including World Champion Kaillie Humphries and her teammate Elana Meyers Taylor (both USA), Germany's Laura Nolte and the previous overall leader Cynthia Appiah (CAN).
With her victory in Sigulda Christine de Bruin (CAN, 1002 points) also took the lead in the overall ranking of the Women's Monobob World Series. Cynthia Appiah (CAN, 996) is second overall ahead of Laura Nolte (GER, 994).
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis