Zubkov wins Koenigssee thriller

Sun, 15 Jan 15:46:00 2012

Russia's Alexsandr Zubkov picked up his first four-man Bobsleigh World Cup win since the opening race of the season in Koenigssee, Germany, breaking home fans' hearts with a win by the narrowest of margins.

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The 37-year-old who led his four-man sled to victory at the curtain raising World Cup event in Igls last month returned to the top step of the podium with a winning margin of 0.02 seconds.

Zubkov, Philipp Egorov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov, the only change in that quartet that won in Austria, replacing Nikolay Hrenkov, topped the timesheets in both runs.

A first effort of 49.22 was followed by 48.83 with their opening effort proving all-important as German number two driver Manuel Machata matched Zubkov second time out.

Machata’s time of 49.24 in run one was the difference as Zubkov topped the podium in one minute 38.05 seconds overall, 0.02 seconds ahead of the German second team on one of their home tracks.

However Germany were the dominant force on the podium with number one driver Maximilian Arndt, winner last time out in Altenberg, finishing third a further 0.12 seconds behind.

Zubkov, second in Altenberg and Winterberg before that, has now 1054 points to lead the overall four-man World Cup standings with junior driver Arndt second with 979.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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