Friedrich leads early German podium charge at halfway of 2-man bobsleigh worlds

After two runs, hometown favourites Germany are primed for a podium sweep, holding down the top four spots at the bobsleigh world championships in Altenberg on Saturday.

Canada's Justin Kripps sits 9th in Altenberg, Germany

Germany's Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis have taken the lead at the halfway mark of the bobsleigh world championships in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)

After two runs, the host German teams are primed for a podium sweep, holding down the top four spots at the two-man bobsleigh world championships in Altenberg on Saturday.

Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis continued their dominant form, clocking a combined leading time of one minute, 48.09 seconds.

Friedrich is a massive favourite to win his sixth consecutive two-man title. The reigning Olympic champ currently has a 94-hundredths of a second lead over fellow countrymen Nico Walther and Eric Franke (1:49.03).

Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber (1:49.18) are third, while Richard Oelsner and Malte Schwenzfeier (1:49.19) are fourth.

Canada's Justin Kripps and Cameron Stones are ninth. Kripps, who tied Friedrich and Margis for gold in Pyeongchang (with then-brakeman Alexander Kopacz) avoided complete disaster but still finished well back of the pack with 1:49.60.

WATCH | Canada's Kripps sits 9th after opening heats:

Canada's Kripps avoids disaster but sits 9th at 2-man world championships 

3 years ago
Duration 2:07
Justin Kripps with brakeman Cameron Stones get off to a strong start in their second heat but nearly crash leaving the Canadians in ninth at the halfway point in Altenberg, Germany. 

Heats 3 and 4 are scheduled for Sunday morning and can be seen live on starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. 


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