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Justin Kripps captures 1st overall World Cup title in 2-man bobsleigh

Canada's Justin Kripps won his first overall World Cup title after he and partner Alexander Kopacz came away with bronze in the 2-man event at the bobsleigh World Cup event in Konigssee, Germany on Saturday.

Alongside Alexander Kopacz, duo finished 3rd in final race to secure highest total points

Justin Kripps, right, and Alexander Kopacz celebrate winning the overall World Cup title after placing third in the last 2-man bobsleigh race of the season. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images For IBSF)

Canada's Justin Kripps won his first overall World Cup title after he and partner Alexander Kopacz came away with bronze in the 2-man event at the bobsleigh World Cup event in Konigssee, Germany on Saturday.

The Canadian duo posted a two-run time of one minute 39.41 seconds to secure third.

"Winning the overall is absolutely huge," Kripps said. "It's been a dream of mine since I started driving." 

Francesco Friedrich of Germany reached the top of the podium in 1:38.97, while fellow German Johannes Lochner was second at 1:39.37.

Kripps finished first in the overall IBSF World Cup standings, earning a Crystal Globe in Königssee, Germany. 1:44

"The Konigssee track is pretty unique. It is quite rhythmic, and I really enjoy driving it," said Kripps. "Today was good all around. We had top starts in both runs. I made some mistakes in the first run, but managed to clean it up for the second run to snag a medal."

Canadians Nick Poloniato and Neville Wright finished 1.22 seconds behind the winner in 10th. 

Kripps and Kopacz scored gold in early January in Altenberg, Germany.

After eight races, Kripps finished with 1,631 points, ahead of defending title holder Friedrich at 1,504. Canadian Christopher Spring is third at 1347, despite finishing 17th on Saturday. 

The German duo took home first place in the 2-man bobsleigh event at the IBSF World Cup in Königssee, Germany. 2:34

"I'm really proud of both Alex [Kopacz] and Jesse [Lumsden] who both pushed very well to share the two-man workload. It's incredible we didn't finish worse than fourth the whole season," Kripps said.   

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