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Incredible finish sees Canada and Germany share two-man bob gold

 

Another day. Another unbelievable finish at the Olympics. This time in the two-man bobsleigh, as Germany and Canada shared gold.

After four runs of the track, there was nothing to choose between the bobs of Justin Kripps and Francesco Friedrich.

The teams were both left with a total time of 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds. The first dead heat for gold since Nagano 1998.

Oskars Melbardis piloted Latvia to bronze.

 

Kripps keeps his cool

The Canadian pair of Kripps and his brakeman Alexander Kopacz of Canada led going into the final heat.

But Germany’s world champion Friedrich applied the maximum amount of pressure on them.

In the penultimate run of the competiion, Friedrich and his team mate Thorsten Margis laid down a smooth run to clock a total time five hundredths of a second quicker than that of Melbardis.

The Germans were guaranteed at least silver.

Last out, Kripps and Kopacz knew that they could ill afford any errors in order to capture gold.

The Canadians got off to a fast start but were just behind Friedrich’s time on the first two splits.

Amazingly though Kripps clawed it back and in the end, there was nothing to choose.

On the final run, the Canadian sled was 0.06 seconds slower than their German rivals – meaning a dead heat.

The realisation that both teams would be sharing gold sparked unbridled joy at the finish line.

Once the result was confirmed, the teams ran wild, congratulating each other on the ice. A truly unforgettable moment.

 

First time since Nagano

It was the first time in 20 years that such a dead heat for gold had occurred in the two-man event.

At Nagano 1998 there was nothing to choose between the bobsleighs of Italy and Canada.

The extraordinary finish comes the day after an incredible end to the men’s biathlon 15km mass start.

Martin Fourcade took gold but only by millimetres after a photo finish.

What drama will PyeongChang 2018 conjure next?

 

 

 

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