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Lange wins two-man gold with Kuske for second career world title

Lange wins two-man gold with Kuske for second career world title

Andre Lange of Germany won the two-man bobsled world championship title with Kevin Kuske on Sunday to collect his seventh medal at a major international competition.
The German pair won with a four-run combined time of 4 minutes, 26.62 seconds.
Ivo Rueegg and Tommy Herzog of Switzerland took silver in 4.26.81, while Simone Bertazzo and Samuele Romanini of Italy earned bronze in 4.27.28.
Steven Holcomb and Brock Kreitzburg of the United States finished short of the podium, settling for fourth with 4.27.50. The American pair, who lead the World Cup standings, were hampered by gusty winds on Saturday and were fourth after two heats.
Lange was a double gold medalist last February at the Turin Olympics. He also won the two-man event at the 2003 worlds in Lake Placid, New York. He was the runner-up in his debut in 2000 at Altenberg, Germany. He also took bronze in 2004 at Koenigssee, Germany, and silver in 2005 at Calgary, Alberta.
"To win in St. Moritz, the Mecca of bobsledding, is so exciting," Lange said. "Because of the brutal snow conditions my last run was not my best but it was in no way a safe run because in this sport that isn't possible."
Rueegg lost Streltsov for the final run after the brakeman pulled a hamstring jumping into the sled at the start of the third heat. He was replaced by Herzog in the final run, leaving the Swiss sled five kilograms (11 pounds) short of the maximum weight allowed.
The Italians were in second entering the final heat, but Bertazzo and brakeman Romanini produced only the sixth-best run of the final heat and dropped to third.
Defending champion Pierre Leuders of Canada finished seventh.


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:13 GMT+08:00