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Francesco Friedrich's German team eases to four-man gold, Team GB struggle

Friedrich's German team eases to four-man gold, Team GB struggle
By Reuters

25/02/2018 at 04:05Updated 25/02/2018 at 07:19

Francesco Friedrich's four-man German bobsleigh team won gold on Sunday with a powerful fourth and final run securing victory at the Olympic Sliding Centre on Sunday. Team GB finished in a disappointing 17th and 18th.

The German unit, piloted by multiple world champion Friedrich, finished with a combined time of three minutes, 15.85 seconds.

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Thy were 0.53 seconds ahead of Won Yun-jong's South Korean team, who tied with the second German team piloted by Nico Walther for the silver.

The medal is the first for South Korea in the sport.

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Germany, the traditional powerhouse of the sport, failed to make the podium in the four-man event in Sochi four years ago. They won gold in Turin in 2006.

The German pair of Friedrich and Thorsten Margis shared gold with Canada in the two-man event on Monday after a dramatic dead-heat.

Britain's two four-man squads finished a disappointing 17th and 18th.

Both squads had medalled on the world cup circuit this season, with Lamin Deen, whose sled came home 18, taking silver in Whistler and Brad Hall claiming a bronze in Park City.

However, neither squad hit any sort of form over the course of the competition.

With additional reporting from Sportsbeat

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