Germany on Tuesday turned the first nation to comb a podium at the Beijing Olympics, profitable all three medals in the two-man bobsled competitors.
Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis gained the gold medal, finishing 4 runs in a cumulative time of three minutes 56.89 seconds. Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer took 0.49 of a second longer and gained silver, and Christoph Hafer and Matthias Sommer completed 1.69 seconds behind for the bronze.
It was the second consecutive gold medal in the occasion for Friedrich and Margis, who tied with a Canadian crew for first place at the 2018 Olympics. This time, they have been the solely crew to interrupt the 59-second mark in any run, finishing their third run in 58.99 seconds.
Podium sweeps are uncommon at the Olympics, although extra frequent in some sports activities than others. For occasion, there have been solely two in determine skating — Sweden in 1908 and the United States in 1956, each instances in males’s singles — however greater than 80 in monitor and area.
Germany’s sweep on Tuesday was the first in the practically century-long historical past of Olympic bobsledding.
“It’s a team victory,” Sommer, one among the bronze medalists, stated afterward, based on Reuters. “We work together. We tested the sleds and the runners. It’s a victory for Germany.”