Holcomb second, Arndt second, defending champion Zubkov disqualified
Lake Placid (RWH) Half time, and Lyndon Rush of Canada is in the lead in the two-man bobsleigh after two of four runs in the Bauhaus FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid (USA). He is followed by Steven Holcomb (USA) and Maximilian Arndt (GER).
Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden have a slight lead of 0.12 seconds on Olympic Champion Steven Holcomb with Steve Langton. The local heroes from the US team are followed by Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske of Germany in third 0.21 seconds back.
But the race is already run for the defending World Champion: Alexsandr Zubkov of Russia was disqualified after the first run because his sleigh didn’t comply with the minimum weight specified in the rules of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation FIBT (Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing). Junior World Champion Ivo de Bruin of the Netherlands was also disqualified, in his case because the overall weight of the sleigh with pilot and brakeman was too high.
The winner of the 61st gold medal in the two-seater World Championships since the year 1931 will be decided in runs three and four on Sunday, 18 February at 9 am and 11 am (CET: 3 pm and 5 pm).
The complete list of results of the Bauhaus FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2012 in Lake Placid showing all race times and overall times can be found at www.fibt.com.
Quote: Lyndon Rush (CAN, Olympic Bronze Medallist 2010)
“Both runs were alright, the times are good, that’s what’s important, but there are several things I can clean up. You just need to focus on what you’re doing out there and not get too caught up in what the other guys are doing. It’s a lot of fun racing in a tight battle. Holcomb is a great guy and when he’s at his best, he’s a pretty tough guy to beat, so I don’t know where he pulled that start out of. Those guys are really hungry so we have to get on ‘em. I think tomorrow’s going to be a lot of fun.”