Team Kripps Slides into Ninth at Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg
January 10, 2015
—Dave Greszczysyn places 13th to lead Canadians in skeleton—
ALTENBERG, Ger.—Justin Kripps and Ben Coakwell teamed up to finish ninth for the second straight World Cup two-man bobsleigh race on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.
Juggling tricky warm weather conditions, and one of the toughest tracks in the world, the Canadian duo rebounded after a difficult first run to post the third-fastest time down the 1,400-metre track to post a combined time of 1:54.36.
“I have to be really happy with today. I managed to put together two good runs on a difficult track that I have very limited experience on,” said Kripps. “There was wind and the track was melting a bit, so I think I have to take the positives out of today and that is I was able to have two good driving runs. I would like to be finishing higher up in the standings.”
Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann slid into the winner’s circle with a time of 1:53.17. Latvia’s Oaskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens were second at 1:53.25, while Germany’s Nico Walther and Joshua Bluhm rounded out the podium in third at 1:53.41.
Calgarian’s Chris Spring and Derek Plug finished mid-field in 16th place at 1:54.77.
Earlier in the day, Dave Greszczyszyn nearly matched his best World Cup finish on European ice in the men’s skeleton race. The 35-year-old Brampton, Ont. native slid to a 13th-place finish with a time of 1:59.86.
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs won the race with a time of 1:57.25. Tomass Dukurs slid to the silver medal with a time of 1:58.35, while Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov posted a bronze-medal time of 1:58.47.
Calgary’s Evan Neufeldt was 19th at 2:01.30 in his first World Cup start of the year. Barrett Martineau, also of Calgary, did not qualify for the second run.
The World Cup wraps up on Sunday in Altenberg with the men’s four-man bobsleigh race.
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Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Hefti/Baumann, SUI, 1:53.17; 2. Melbardis/Dreiskens, LAT, 1:53.25; 3. Walther/Bluhm, GER, 1:53.41; 4. Van der Zijde/Peter, SUI, 1:53.54; 4. Friedrich/Margis, GER, 1:53.72
9. Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Ben Coakwell, Saskatoon, 1:54.36; 16. Chris Spring, Calgary/Derek Plug, Calgary, 1:54.77
Top-Five Men’s and Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:57.25; 2. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:58.35; 3. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 1:58.47; 4. Axel Jungk, GER, 1:58.50; 5. Nikita Tregybov, RUS, 1:58.58
13. Dave Greszczyszyn, Brampton, Ont., 1:59.86; 19. Evan Neufeldt, Calgary, 2:01.30; DNQ. Barrett Martineau, Calgary.