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Canada's Kripps wins 4-man bobsleigh bronze at worlds

Canada's Justin Kripps drove to bronze on home soil in four-man bobsleigh at the world championships on Saturday in Whistler, B.C.

Germany's Francesco Friedrich completes season sweep

Canada's Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Ben Coakwell race down the track on their third run during their bronze-medal performance in four-man bobsleigh at the world championship on Saturday in Whistler, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Canada's Justin Kripps drove to bronze on home soil in four-man bobsleigh at the world championships on Saturday in Whistler, B.C.

Kripps, along with Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Ben Coakwell finished with a time of three minutes, 21.78 seconds.

Taking gold, Germany's Francesco Friedrich completed his season sweep of bobsleigh championships.

Friedrich was the World Cup champion in two-man and four-man this season, plus won the two-man world title last weekend. He's the first driver to claim all four championships in the same season since Germany's Andre Lange did it in 2007-08.

WATCH | Kripps slides to bronze medal:

The Canadian pilot, along with Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Ben Coakwell finished with a time of 3:21.78 to win a bronze medal at the bobleigh world championships in Whistler, b.c. 2:03

Friedrich finished four runs in 3 minutes, 21.33 seconds. Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis — the leader after Friday's first two runs, before Friedrich overtook him Saturday — was second in 3:21.62, and Kripps landed in third.

WATCH | Friedrich caps off dominant season with gold:

The German pilot captured 4-man bobsleigh gold at the world championships on Saturday night, adding to the gold he won in the 2-man event last weekend. 2:37

"It is amazing. I was happy to get the two-man medal, but it is even sweeter in the four-man," said Kripps. "I'm so happy to be able to spread the love around. These four-man guys have such a huge impact on the two-man results so to reward them with this is massive."

Kripps and Stones, of Whitby, Ont., captured the silver in two-man bobsleigh last weekend and were attempting to conquer the four-man race with teammates Sommer of White Rock, B.C., and Saskatoon's Coakwell.

The 32-year-old Kripps tied for gold in the two-man event at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year alongside Friedrich.

WATCH | Coakwell: "This is what happens when a team comes together:"

Justin Kripps' 4-man bobsleigh team spoke with CBC Sports' Jacqueline Doorey after their bronze medal winning performance at the Bobsleigh World Championships in Whistler, B.C. 2:20

WATCH | The entire fourth heat

The world's best sliders go for gold on the fast track at Whistler, British Columbia. 1:07:49

With files from The Associated Press


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