Bascue and Abdul-Saboor close in on top 10 in two-man bobsled World Cup

Jan. 26, 2019, 5:57 a.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue and Abdul-Saboor close in on top 10 in two-man bobsled World Cup

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 26, 2019)– Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) have been sick all week, but the pair still stepped it up today, finishing 13th in the men’s two-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz. Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.) raced to 16th place for Team USA on the all-natural track.

“Hakeem and I both got sick a couple of days ago, and we were hoping it would pass by today,” Bascue said. “It didn’t happen. We did the best we could. Hakeem and I still pushed really well, and I’m really proud of him for stepping up. Being able to push fast in adversity shows that we’ll be in the mix tomorrow in four-man.”

Bascue and Abdul-Saboor started tentatively today with a push time of 5.15 seconds. Bascue navigated the BMW sled to the finish in 1:07.05 for the 13th best time of the heat. Bascue and Abdul-Saboor set inhibitions aside in run two, powering the sled off the block in 5.09 seconds. Bascue put together one of the best looking runs of the heat for a time of 1:06.88. The Americans remained in 13th with a total time of 2:13.93.

“I love it here,” Bascue said. “No matter how I’m feeling, this is a favorite stop. I’m pretty happy with my trips today. They were probably some of my better runs of the week.”

Olsen and Williamson are both powerhouses, and the duo combined forces to push the 2021 Lake Placid World Championship branded sled to a start time of 5.18 seconds in the first heat. Olsen fought to keep the sled straight and the pair crossed the line in 15th position to tie Germany’s Nico Walther and Marko Huebenbecker with a time of 1:07.15. Olsen and Williamson were 0.02 seconds faster off the block in run two, and Olsen was able to let the sled run for a smooth trip of 1:07.31. Despite the tidy run, the pair was unable to pick up any spots with a combined time of 2:14.46. Walther won the tie-breaker, placing Olsen and Willamson in 16th.

Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schueller were once again the race leaders, this time with a combined time of 2:12.29. They were nearly half a second ahead of teammates Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp, who finished second with an aggregate time of 2:12.69. Latvians Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis rounded out the medals in third with a two-run total of 2:12.80.

The World Cup continues today with the women’s bobsled race at 1 p.m. local time/7 a.m. ET. The St. Moritz event concludes tomorrow with four-man bobsled at 10:30 a.m. local time/4:30 a.m. ET. 

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 Alexander Schueller (GER) 2:12.29 (1:06.24, 1:06.05);
2. Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp (GER) 2:12.69 (1:06.55, 1:06.14);
3. Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis  (LAT) 2:12.80 (1:06.46, 1:06.34);
13. Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 2:13.93 (1:07.05, 1:06.88); 
16. Justin Olsen and Josh Williamson (USA) 2:14.46 (1:07.15, 1:07.31);

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