Olympic Champion Friedrich in second place in St. Moritz ahead of Swiss local hero Vogt
St. Moritz (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Johannes Lochner (GER) is on track for gold ahead of the second 2-man bobsleigh day at the BMW IBSF World Championships 2023. After two of four race runs the Olympic silver medallist with push atrhlete Georg Fleischhauer is 0.32 seconds ahead of Olympic Champion and defending World Champion Francesco Friedrich with Alexander Schueller (GER).
Local heroes Michael Vogt/Sandro Michel (SUI, 0,39 seconds back) are in third place at the World Championships half-time. After the first race run at the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina, the European Championship runners-up were still in first place.
Brad Hall/Taylor Lawrence (GBR) go in fourth place into the second World Championships day, Christoph Hafer/Matthias Sommer are in fifth ahead of Emils Cipulis/Matiss Miknis (LAT) in sixth place.
The Junior World Champions Adam Ammour/Benedikt Hertel (GER) did not cross the finish line after a crash in the first race run and were not allowed to continue competing in the World Championships.
Johannes Lochner (GER, 2022 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World Championships silver medalist, overall World Cup leader 22/23).
"It fits well I would say, very satisfied. Made a few mistakes in the first run, turned it all off in the second run. Both of us are not nervous before tomorrow."
Francesco Friedrich (GER, Olympic Champion 2018 and 2022, seven times World Champion).
"For now we are satisfied that my leg holds after the muscle fiber tear. We have to see what is still possible tomorrow. We definitely still have to put down the small mistakes and also start faster."
Michael Vogt (SUI, Olympic fourth in 2022, European silver medalist in 2023)
"The first run was almost perfect. If you then lose places in the second run, you are never happy. But we still are in a good position and can attack again tomorrow."
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis