Yanqing (China) (AFP) – Francesco Friedrich made historical past Sunday by repeating his bobsleigh Olympic double as Germany signed off the Beijing Winter Video games having gained 9 of the ten sliding occasions.
Germany’s Friedrich is the primary pilot to win back-to-back Olympic golds in two-man and four-man bobsleigh by defending the titles he gained in Pyeongchang 4 years in the past.
Having already taken the two-man gold Tuesday, Friedrich piloted his German crew of Thorsten Margis, Sweet Bauer and Alexander Schueller to a successful time of 3min 54.30sec.
Fellow German pilot Johannes Lochner, who had gained the primary warmth Saturday earlier than Friedrich was quickest within the subsequent three, needed to accept silver 0.37sec again.
Canadian pilot Justin Kripps got here out on high in his tussle for bronze with Christoph Hafer, ending simply 0.06sec forward of the German.
Kripps’ bronze prevented the Germans once more dominating the rostrum after they’d swept the medals within the two-man bobsleigh Tuesday.
German racers ended up accumulating 16 of the 30 medals up for grabs on the Yanqing Nationwide Sliding Centre.
As Christopher Grotheer precisely put it after gold within the males’s skeleton final week “the Beijing monitor is a German monitor”.
Solely victory by USA racer Kaillie Humphries within the inaugural girls’s monobob stopped the Germans successful each single sliding occasion.
Friedrich’s historic feat caps an excellent season for the 31-year-old, who gained 14 of the 16 races on the World Cup circuit.
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