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Day 10: Canada and Germany clock same time in Two Man Bobsleigh to win joint gold

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz

An incredible finish by Canada’s Justin Kripps and his team-mate Alexander Kopacz in the final run of Two Man Bobsleigh, equalled their combined time of 3.16.86 with their German rivals, Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis.  Thus, the gold medal was shared between the Canadians and the Germans, just as it happened in Nagano 1998 when Italians Gunther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia finished tied with Canadian duo Pierre Lueders and David MacEachern with a time of 3.37.24. Latvian bobsledders Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga took bronze. Germany have now won eight gold medals in the two-man bobsleigh since 1928.

Havard Lorentzen

Norway’s Havard Lorentzen snatched gold in the men’s 500m speed skating by setting a new Olympic record of 34.41 seconds. He was behind Cha Min Ky, representing the host nation, after the first 100 metres. Kyu had already equalled the Olympic record of 34.42 to move into the gold medal position with just three heats to go. But, in the final, Lorentzen went ahead of Kyu by one hundredth of a second to emerge victorious. Kyu had to settle for the silver and Gao Tingyu of China completed the podium with the bronze.

Norway’s Ski Jumping Team

Norway won yet another team gold as they won the Men’s Team Ski Jumping. The team comprising of Daniel Andre Tande, Andreas Stjernen, Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson combined to post 1098.5 points over two rounds. Germany’s Karl Geiger, Stephan Leyhe, Richard Freitag and Andreas Wellinger finished 22.8 points behind in silver. They finished just 3.3 points ahead of Poland’s Maciej Kot, Stefan Hula, Dawid Kubacki and Kamil Stoch. It is Norway’s second ski jumping gold medal of the Games after Maren Lundby won the women’s normal hill individual. Norway now has a new record of 28 medals in Pyeongchang,  having achieved 26 in both 1994 and 2014. 

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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