Bobsleigh - Friedrich on course for first world two-man title

Germany are on course to win their first two-man bobsleigh world title since 2008 after Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker produced two storming opening runs in St Moritz.

Bobsleigh - Friedrich and Baecker claim two-man bobsleigh world title

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Germany's Friedrich and Baecker (Reuters)

Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske were the last Germans to win the two-man world title five years ago in Altenberg, that coming a year after they won it for the second time in St Moritz.

And if all goes to plan Friedrich and Baecker could be following suit for their first title as they hold a lead of 0.35 seconds Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter going into the final two runs.

The German pair, who have six top-three finishes on the World Cup circuit this season, comfortably clocked the fastest time during both runs to top the time sheets at the halfway stage.

Friedrich and Baecker recorded 1:05.59minutes and 1:05.51 for an overall total of 2:11.10 with Hefti and Lamparter posting 1:05.79 and 1:05.66 to come in 0.35 behind in second.

In a sport where hundredths of a second usually split the top five, let alone top two, Friedrich's lead would seem unassailable with defending champion Steven Holcomb third 0.77 behind in total.

Meanwhile British pilot John Jackson and former sprinter Craig Pickering are currently placed 20th at the halfway stage after showing improvements from run one to two in St Moritz.

They clocked 1:07.08 first time out before going half a second quicker while they also took 0.02 off their start while fellow Brits Lamin Deen and Ben Simons are six places behind in 26th.

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