Friedrich claims fourth World Cup win of the season in Igls

Friedrich claims fourth World Cup win of the season in Igls
By Sportsbeat

04/02/2017 at 14:40Updated

Francesco Friedrich took a fourth two-man bobsleigh win of the World Cup season and increased his lead over America's Steven Holcomb with a commanding drive in Igls.

Oskars Melbardis, and his brakeman Janis Strenga, slid to second in Austria, 0.73s behind the German winners but 0.07s ahead of third place Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer.

Friedrich, two of whom's three wins so far this season have come with Martin Grothkopp as brakeman, was back with Thorsten Margis to replicate the form that took them to victory in the opening race of the season in Whistler.

Holcomb, with brakeman Samuel McGuffie, could only manage a tenth place finish in Austria as Friedrich extended his lead over the American to 101 points in the World Cup standings.

Russia's Alexander Kasjanov, third in the standings just 49 points behind Holcomb, finished sixth in Austria less than a second behind the German winners.

The World Cup season concludes in Pyeongchang, next month, after the Koenigssee World Championships later in February. Sportsbeat 2017

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