Bascue and Abdul-Saboor show grit with start times in first race back to pushing

Jan. 12, 2019, 1:12 p.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue and Abdul-Saboor show grit with start times in first race back to pushing

 

Photo: Viesturs Lacis | IBSF

 

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 12, 2019)– Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) was back to pushing today after a week of sitting in the sled at the start as a precautionary measure for a calf injury. Bascue teamed with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor(Powhatan, Va.) in the BMW sled for 16th place in Koenigssee’s two-man bobsled World Cup. Blaine McConnell(Tacoma, Wash.) made his two-man bobsled World Cup debut today with pilot Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas), and the pair finished 18th.

Bascue and Abdul-Saboor, who’s earned the nickname “Hakeem the Machine” by the team, pushed the BMW sled off the block in 4.92 seconds in the first heat. It was the first time Bascue has pushed since injuring his calf in the opening World Cup race of the season in Sigulda, Latvia, making the fifth-best time an impressive return to the push bar for Bascue and Abdul-Saboor. Bascue threaded together a run of 50.13 seconds, 13thbest of the heat, to place the team within reach of a top-10 finish.

Bascue and Abdul-Saboor were conservative off the start in the second heat, pushing a 4.98. Bascue had trouble navigating the course, crossing the finish line in 50.35 seconds. The duo dropped three spots amongst a stacked field of veteran teams to finish 16th with a total time of 1:40.48.

Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp claimed gold for Germany with a two-run combined time of 1:39.01. Canadians Justin Kripps and Camerson Stones held the lead after the first heat, but dropped back into silver medal position with a cumulative time of 1:39.11. Germany’s Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp claimed bronze in 1:39.44.

Olsen and McConnell pushed the Lake Placid 2021 World Championship sled to start times of 5.01 and 4.99 seconds. Olsen, who is still developing as a driver since moving to the front seat in 2014 after an accomplished career as a pusher, steered to the finish with downtimes of 50.38 and 50.22 seconds, respectively. Olsen and McConnell picked up two spots in the second heat to finish 18th with a combined time of 1:40.60.

The Koenigssee World Cup will conclude tomorrow with the four-man bobsled competition at 1:30 p.m. local time/7:30 a.m. EST. NBCSports.com and OlympicChannel.com will stream the event live.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results


1. Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp (GER) 1:39.01 (49.54, 49.47);
2. Justin Kripps and Camerson Stones (CAN) 1:39.11 (49.51, 49.61);
3. Germany’s Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp (GER) 1:39.44 (49.67, 49.77);
16. Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:40.48 (50.13, 50.35);
18. Justin Olsen and Blaine McConnell (USA) 1:40.60 (50.38, 50.22);

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