Bobsleigh - Hefti blows competition away upon return in Winterberg

Switzerland's Beat Hefti returned to World Cup action with a bang, blowing away the opposition to take victory in the two-man bobsleigh in Winterberg, Germany.

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Beat Hefti (Imago)

Appearing in his first event of the season, the reigning two-man World Cup champion posted a time of 1:51:01 minutes, 0.31 seconds clear of second-place Russian Aleksandr Zubkov.

Overall leader American Steven Holcomb had an afternoon to forget as he couldn't maintain his 100 per cent record this season, finishing almost a second off the pace down in fifth.

Holcomb, along with partner Curtis Tomasevicz, was looking to back-up wins in Lake Placid, Park City and Whistler but although he remains top of the standings no American has won in Winterberg since 2003.

British driver John James Jackson and partner John Baines finished 1.35 seconds down on the Swiss driver’s time in 14th place.

Jackson, who won gold at the 2011 European Cup Championships in St Moritz, now lies 14th in the overall standings with 418 points while Holcomb leads with 859.

Home advantage did not prove to be the deciding factor in the World Cup team event as Canada spoilt an otherwise German-dominated podium in Winterberg, Germany.

Lead by duo Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois, who earlier were triumphant in the two-woman bobsleigh, the Canadians posted a time of 3:48.45 minutes from their four runs.

It was the Canadians' first team competition victory of the season and also had Eric Nelson for the men's skeleton, Cassie Hawrysh for the women's skeleton and Lyndon Rush and Neville Wright for the two-man bobsleigh to thank.

Collectively they came in 0.45 seconds ahead of Team Germany 2 which consisted of Alexander Kroeckel, Anja Schneiderheinze/Stephanie Schneider, Anja Huber and Manuel Machata/Gregor Bermbach.

And third place went to Team Germany 1, made up of Frank Rommel, Sandra Kiriasis/Franziska Bertels, Marion Thees and Maximilian Arndt/Rene Tiefert, 0.67 seconds back.

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