From Lake Placid, USA
Feb. 6, 2020 – Israel’s Dave Nicholls won his first IBSF gold medal, coming from behind to take the win in Lake Placid.
Canadian Lonnie Bissonnette broke the track record with a 59.58 downtime in the first heat to open up a .39 second advantage over Nicholls. On the second run, however, it was Nicholls putting down the fastest run of the heat. Bissonnette answered with a relatively sloppier run, only good enough for the fifth fastest downtime of the heat and a two-run time that was .08 behind Nicholls.
The win for Nicholls was both his first gold medal and his first medal of any kind in the IBSF Parabobsled World Cup. He has five top tens in the last seven races.
For Bissonnette, the silver medal was his tenth straight stop five finish.
The United States’ Guillermo Castillo won his second bronze medal of the year, moving up from a tie for fourth in the second heat.
Great Britain’s Corie Mapp finished fourth, ahead of Sebastian Westin-Vippola and Mykola Levkun, who finished tied for fifth.
Steven Jacobo helped put two Americans in the top ten with a tenth place finish. Sarah Frazier-Kim finished 16th, three spots ahead of Frederick Evans in 19th.
Despite his fourth place finish, Mapp holds a 89 point lead over Bissonnette with three races to go in the World Cup season. Arturs Klots sits third, ahead of Westin-vippola and Christopher Stewart in fourth and fifth.
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