Lochner pilots Germany to four-man win in Koenigssee

Lochner pilots Germany to four-man win in Koenigssee
By Sportsbeat

29/01/2017 at 20:29Updated

European Champion Johannes Lochner secured his third World Cup win of the pre-Olympic season with victory in the four-man in Koenigssee.

The 2016 Junior World Champion and his German teammates recorded the fastest times over both runs to finish with a combined time of 1:37.17.

That also included taking two tenths of a second off the four-man bobsleigh track record set almost six years ago by Manuel Machata of Germany for his World Championship victory in February 2011. The time to beat now is 48.45 seconds.

Second place went to fellow German pilot Nico Walther 0.25 seconds back while Russian pilot Alexey Stulnuv was third, a further seventh hundredths of a second back for his visit to the World Cup podium.

With two races left this season, Russia's Alexander Kasjanov continues to lead the overall World Cup standings on 1123 points after finishing sixth in Koenigssee.

Lochner, who is now up to second on 1067, said: "Unbelievable! My first season in the World Cup and the best season of my life.

"Our starting times were not great; I'm still not 100% fit. We'll do even better at the World Championships in three weeks' time."

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