Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor cap Igls World Cup with 13th place in four-man bobsled

Jan. 20, 2019, 10:43 a.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor cap Igls World Cup with 13th place in four-man bobsled

 

 

IGLS, Austria (Jan. 20, 2019)–Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) and his four-man bobsled crew of Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.), Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor(Powhatan, Va.) capped the Igls World Cup with a 13th place finish.

Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor combined forces to power the Under Armour sled off the block in 5.08 seconds for the seventh fastest time off the top. Bascue had trouble keeping the sled straight in some areas down the track, but threaded together a run of 51.20 seconds to put the team in the running for the top 10 in a packed field.

The crew posted a nearly identical start time of 5.09 in the second heat, and Bascue navigated the crew smoothly down the course for a run of 51.16 seconds. The Americans waited at the finish to see if their combined time of 1:42.36 would hold up to any teams. PyeongChang Olympic silver medalist Won Yun-jong was able to hold on to his lead over the Americans by 0.05 seconds, but Switzerland’s Michael Vogt fell back six spots to move the Americans up a spot into 13th. 

Francesco Friedrich from Germany extended his dominance in the sport by winning with Martin Grothkopp, Alexander Schueller and Thorsten Margis after clocking a total time of 1:41.17. Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga from Latvia claimed silver in 1:41.36, followed by Germans Johannes Lochner, Florian Bauer, Marc Rademacher and Christian Rasp in third with a 1:41.61.

Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) and his crew of Blaine McConnell(Tacoma, Wash.) Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.) narrowly missed the top 20 cutoff for the second heat by 0.03 seconds with a run of 51.46. The team posted a start time of 5.13 seconds for the 12th best push of the heat.

The four-man race concludes the Igls event. The World Cup tour will make its sixth stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland this week before moving to North America for the final two races and World Championships.

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Results

1. Friedrich, Grothkopp, Schueller and Margis (GER) 1:41.17 (50.42, 50.75);
2. Kibermanis, Miknis, Vilkaste and Strenga (LAT) 1:41.36 (50.55, 50.81);
3. Lochner, Bauer, Rademacher and Rasp (GER) 1:41.61 (50.81, 50.81);
14. Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:42.36 (51.20, 51.16);
21. Olsen, McConnell, Kinney and Wilcox (USA) (51.46, DNS);

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