Historic gold for Zubkov

Sun, 20 Feb 12:44:00 2011

Alexandr Zubkov became to first ever Russian FIBT two-man bob world champion after claiming gold in Koenigssee.

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Zubkov, alongside brakeman Alexey Voevoda, was the first bob out on the course and led from start to finish to add the World Championship to his Two-Man Bob World Cup gold he claimed in Whistler last month.

The Russian driver Zubkov recorded a total time of 3:20.72 minutes for his four runs to claim the title at his fifth attempt, having already picked up two silvers and two bronzes.

There was no separating the German first and third bob’s on home soil as Thomas Florschutz and Manuel Machata settled for joint silver.

Emerging talent Machata, in his first senior World Championships, lived up to his promise after setting a target time of 3:20.90 minutes.

And he was joined on the second podium spot by compatriot Florschutz who claimed his third World Championship silver with the exact same time.

But there was disappointment for Switzerland’s Beat Hefti as despite setting the new track record with his final run time of 49.79 seconds, he and brakeman Thomas Lamparter missed out on a medal in fourth thanks to the Germans sharing second place.

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