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Team Rush Slides to Seventh in World Championship Four-Man Bobsleigh Race

February 26, 2012

—Canadians win four medals at 2012 World Championships—

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Team Rush slid to seventh spot in the four-man bobsleigh race on Sunday to cap off a successful World Championships for Canada in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The 31-year-old Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and his crew of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Edmonton’s Neville Wright, rebounded after a difficult 11th-fastest opening run in the four-heat race to clock a combined time of 3:38.32

Rush also won a silver medal with Jesse Lumsden in the two-man event one week ago.

Olympic champ, Steven Holcomb, piloted his United States 1 sled to the World Championship title. Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Langton and Curtis Tomasevic clocked a golden time of 3:36.83.

German sleds grabbed the silver and bronze-medal positions on the four-man podium. Maximilian Arndt, Alexander Roediger, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze won the silver in Germany 1 with a time of 3:37.67. Manuel Machata and his crew of Marko Huebenbecker, Andreas Bredau and Pos settled for the bronze at 3:37.94 in Germany 2.

Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and his crew were disqualified in the Canada 2 sled for being two kilograms over the maximum weight.

The Canadian squad combined to win four medals at the 2012 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.

Kaillie Humphries and Jenny Ciochetti kicked things off with a gold in women’s bobsleigh one week ago. Rush and Lumsden followed that up with a silver-medal performance in the men’s two-man bobsleigh event. The Canadian men’s and women’s bobsleigh and skeleton squads also joined forces for a bronze-medal finish in the team relay event last Sunday, before Mellisa Hollingsworth slid to another silver in women’s skeleton on Friday.

The Canadian squad will now wrap up the season with National Championships in March.

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Complete Results: www.fibt.com

Top-Five Four-Man Bobsleigh Results:

1. Holcomb/Olsen/Langton/Tomasevic, USA 1, 3:36.83; 2. Arndt/Roediger/Kuske/Putze, GER 1, 3:37.67; 3. Machata/Huebenbecker/Bredau/Pos, GER 2, 3:37.94; 4. Zubkov/Egorov/Trunenkov/Mokrovs, RUS, 3:38.11; 5. Maskalans/Dreiskens/Zalims/Damb, LAT 1, 3:38.20.

Canadian Results:

7. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Jesse Lumsden, Burlington, Ont./Cody Sorensen, Ottawa/Neville Wright, Edmonton, CAN 1, 3:38.32 

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