From Igls, AUT
On a track that lends itself to tight racing, Francesco Friedrich absolutely dominated in Igls.
The German set the track record in the first heat, and was over .3 faster in the second run to win by .78 over the field. For some perspective, the difference from second back to 18th was .68.
The battle for second was much tighter, with Latvian standout Oskars Melbardis taking second in his best finish since coming back from back surgery. Benjamin Maier finished with a bronze medal on his home track, edging American Justin Olsen by .02.
The fourth place finish was a career best for Olsen, who finished just ahead of Justin Kripps of Canada. Kripps moved up from tenth in the first heat to fifth with the second best run of the second heat.
Alexander Kasjanov and Dominik Dvorak tied for sixth. The sixth place finish was a career-best for Dvorak, who continues to improve over the course of the 2016/2017 campaign.
Steven Holcomb moved up from a 13th place run in the first heat to tenth after the second run, while his American teammate Codie Bascue finished just outside of the second run with a 21st place finish.
Much like his teammate Kripps, Chris Spring also made a big jump in the second run. Spring moved up from 17th in the first heat to a tie for 13th in the second after swapping out Lascelles Brown for Nevelle Wright on the brakes for the second heat. Nick Poloniato finished 18th in the third Canadian sled.
Bruce Tasker struggled in his second run, dropping from eighth to 12th, while teammate Bradley Hall finished 24th.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Friedrich / Margis||GER||8||5.00||4.99||51.25||51.67||1:42.92|
|2||Melbardis / Strenga||LAT||5||5.06||5.04||51.58||52.07||1:43.65|
|3||Maier / Sammer||AUT||6||5.06||5.04||51.64||52.08||1:43.72|
|4||Olsen / Weinstock||USA||2||5.08||5.05||51.63||52.11||1:43.74|
|5||Kripps / Lumsden||CAN||16||5.07||5.07||51.78||51.99||1:43.77|
|6||Dvorak / Nosek||CZE||3||5.10||5.07||51.70||52.15||1:43.85|
|6||Kasjanov / Pushkarev||RUS||11||5.18||5.17||51.60||52.25||1:43.85|
|8||Kibermanis / Miknis||LAT||15||5.02||5.02||51.71||52.21||1:43.92|
|9||Zalims / Jansons||LAT||7||5.07||5.07||51.76||52.23||1:43.99|
|10||Holcomb / McGuffie||USA||10||5.19||5.17||51.89||52.15||1:44.04|
|11||Won / Seo||KOR||14||5.12||5.10||51.87||52.18||1:44.05|
|12||Tasker / Olubi||GBR||20||5.07||5.15||51.74||52.35||1:44.09|
|13||Spring / Brown 1, Wright 2||CAN||19||5.16||5.15||52.03||52.14||1:44.17|
|13||Rinaldi / Vain||MON||25||5.15||5.14||52.01||52.16||1:44.17|
|15||Walther / Weber||GER||17||5.13||5.14||51.89||52.29||1:44.18|
|16||Lochner / Paasche||GER||13||5.12||5.15||51.86||52.41||1:44.27|
|17||Stulnev / Belugin||RUS||9||5.23||5.18||52.05||52.25||1:44.30|
|18||Poloniato / Plug||CAN||22||5.15||5.13||51.98||52.35||1:44.33|
|19||Peter / van der Zijde||SUI||12||5.16||5.18||52.13||52.38||1:44.51|
|20||Kim / Jun||KOR||18||5.19||5.24||52.14||52.64||1:44.78|
|21||Bascue / Valdes||USA||24||5.16||52.16|
|22||Hefti / Ferrari||SUI||23||5.23||52.21|
|23||de Bruin / Brink||NED||26||5.25||52.30|
|24||Hall / Blacnhet||GBR||32||5.17||52.34|
|25||Heinrich / Bytebier||FRA||27||5.25||52.40|
|26||Andrianov / Malykh||RUS||21||5.22||52.48|
|27||Fontana / Mulassano||ITA||1||5.29||52.57|
|28||Baumgartner / Variola||ITA||28||5.23||52.68|
|29||Radenovic / Vujanic||SRB||4||5.40||52.70|
|29||Vrba / Suchy||CZE||30||5.19||52.70|
|31||Treichl / Esterhammer||AUT||29||5.21||52.82|
|32||Grigore / Craciun||ROU||31||5.26||53.02|