Pressemeldung BMW IBSF World Cup 2020-2021 Sigulda (1), 2-man Bobsleigh race 1
Defending champion Friedrich starts BMW IBSF World Cup 20/21 with 2-man victory
Johannes Lochner finishes second at first Sigulda race, Michael Vogt third
Sigulda (RWH) Olympic and World Champion and World Cup title holder Francesco Friedrich
(GER) kicked-off the BMW IBSF World Cup 2020/2021 with a victory in the 2-man bob. Pushed
by Thorsten Margis, Friedrich set the fastest time in the second run to gain a 0.04 seconds
lead ahead of rank two.
Johannes Lochner, who had never raced in Sigulda before in 29 2-man Bobsleigh World Cups,
set a new track record (49.51 seconds) with Christian Rasp in the first run. In second run,
however, the World Championship runner-up could not defend his narrow lead and ended up
in second place.
Third place was secured by the Swiss 2-man bob with Michael Vogt and push athlete Sandro
Michel (0.26 seconds behind).
The 2019 Junior European Champion Ralfs Berzins (LAT) with push athlete Arnis Bebriss
ensured the best result of the three Latvian home teams with finishing fifth. The European
Champions Oskars Kibermanis/Matiss Miknis came in sixth, 0.03 seconds behind.
Patrick Baumgartner, 2012 Youth Olympic Champion, celebrated the best World Cup result of
his career, finishing in seventh place with Lorenzo Bilotti.
After the first race, Francesco Friedrich (GER 225) leads the overall BMW IBSF World Cup
2020/2021 ranking, followed by Johannes Lochner (GER, 210) and Michael Vogt (SUI, 200).
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