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Friedrich and Margis make history with two-man bobsleigh gold

Friedrich and Margis make history with two-man bobsleigh gold
By Sportsbeat

19/02/2017 at 14:22Updated 19/02/2017 at 14:39

German pair Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis secured World Championship gold in the two-man bobsleigh after blowing away the rest of the field in front of a delighted home crowd.

The duo came home in 3:16.71 from their combined four runs, 1.2 seconds ahead of nearest rivals Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden of Canada, to send the Koenigssee natives into raptures. It was the German duo's fourth straight two-man World Championship title, having led at the halfway stage from Saturday’s two runs. Friedrich is now one behind Italian pilot Eugenio Monti in the all-time World Championship titles list, with Monti winning five world crowns between 1957 and 1961. Friedrich said: "Our starts were good and we had four great runs. We did our homework after the World Cup race here. "I still have to do a bit of work to become the best bobsleigh pilot of all time as there are still a few people ahead of me. But I am still young." The home crowd had more medal glory to cheer with Johannes Lochner and Joshua Bluhm taking home the bronze, just 0.05 seconds behind Kripps and Lumsden. Meanwhile, Great Britain pair Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon finished ninth after holding their position at the halfway stage. Sportsbeat 2017

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