Lochner solves the world championship ticket with a two-man bobsleigh victory

Lochner solves the world championship ticket with a two-man bobsleigh victory

After a three-race compulsory break, johannes lochner has made an impressive comeback with a victory in the two-man bobsleigh world cup.

The 29-year-old bavarian stopped the winning streak of record world champion francesco friedrich in the small sled and thus secured his own world championship ticket. With christopher weber from winterberg the athlete from berchtesgaden finished third after two runs on the natural track in st. Moritz 0.21 seconds ahead of the competition. Double olympic champion friedrich, who this time set a best start time of 5.02 seconds with alexander schuller and had previously won four races, was almost without a chance against lochner. Third place went to lette oskars kibermanis. Friedrich’s club colleague nico walther from bsc sachsen oberbarenburg came in sixth with paul krenz.

"It was the right answer to the challenge, now we are going to the world championships. We are really happy," said lochner, while friedrich said: "it was crazy today, we even had positive ice temperatures here. Hansi deserved to win, we got the starter’s prize but lost some time in the track."

Head coach rene spies had given lochner, who won the opening race in lake placid, another chance after richard oelsner missed the podium at the last world cup in konigssee. Therefore, it was clear before the race: if lochner finishes on the podium, he will compete in both the two-man and the four-man at the world championships.

Olympic and world champion mariama jamanka takes second place in women’s singles. After two runs, the pilot from brc thuringen and her pusher from gladbeck, kira lipperheide, were only beaten by two-time olympic champion kaillie humphries. The canadian, who now competes for the usa after disputes with her federation, was 0.16 seconds ahead in the end. "I am really satisfied, because last week i had a negative experience. That’s why we’re going out of here on a positive note," said jamanka.

Third place went to stephanie schneider from bsc sachsen oberbarenburg with her pusher leonie fiebig from winterberg. "With the podium the goal is fulfilled, the start and the material were great, but in the track there were too many mistakes", schneider said. German champion laura nolte of bsc winterberg failed to make the podium for the first time in her fifth world cup race, finishing sixth with ann-christin strack of bc stuttgart solitude.