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Francesco Friedrich wins record-setting 10th gold at bobsleigh worlds

Francesco Friedrich of Germany is now the most decorated driver in the history of bobsledding's world championships, winning his record-setting 10th gold medal on Sunday.

German claims 6th consecutive title, Canada's Justin Kripps finishes 11th

Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany won the 2-man world title at the bobsleigh world championships at Altenberg, Germany on Sunday. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Francesco Friedrich of Germany is now the most decorated driver in the history of bobsledding's world championships, winning his record-setting 10th gold medal on Sunday.

Friedrich and brakeman Thorsten Margis finished off an easy win in the 2-man event, completing their four runs in three minutes, 40.44 seconds. That was 1.65 seconds faster than silver medallists Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber of Germany — and represented the biggest winning margin at a world title race in bobsled in 12 years.

Latvia got the bronze, with Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis finishing 1.79 seconds behind Friedrich.

"Franz is racing in a whole other league," German driver Nico Walther said.

WATCH | Friedrich tops podium on home soil:

Germany's Francesco Friedrich secures another world championship title 

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The German pilot with brakeman Thorsten Margis top the podium on home soil in Altenberg, Germany.  3:22

Friedrich now has won the two-man world title six consecutive times. He's a two-time world champion in four-man and has two other golds from overall team events. Before Sunday, he was tied with Italian pilot Eugenio Monti for the most world bobsled gold medals; Monti won nine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Canada's Justin Kripps and Cam Stones continued to misfire; ending up 11th with a combined time of 3:43.18. 

Worlds continue next weekend with championships in men's skeleton, women's skeleton and four-man events.

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