Bobsleigh: Pickering delighted by his world debut as brakeman
Monday 28 January 2013
Sprinter-turned-bobsleigh brakeman Craig Pickering declared himself happy with his 19th place in his inaugural world championships.
Pickering and his team-mate John Jackson had a combined total over four runs of 4 minutes, 28.20 seconds, 5.42sec behind Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Bäcker of Germany on the Olympia Bobrun in St Moritz.
He tweeted: "19th in my first bobsleigh world champs. Pretty good weekend!"
Pickering turned to bobsleigh after having his funding cut as a sprinter. He is aiming to get to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but insists that he will go back to the athletics track before Rio de Janeiro 2016.
Friedrich became the youngest ever two-man bobsleigh world champion while defending champion Steven Holcomb of the United States dropped out of the medal places.
At 22 years 270 days, Friedrich took a record set in 1935 by Swiss driver Reto Capadrutt, according to bobsled's world governing body.
Friedrich and brakeman Bäcker were 0.56sec faster than silver medalists Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter of Switzerland. Friedrich drove to a combined four-run time of 4:22.78 on the Olympia track.
"When I jumped into the sled in the third run and saw how smoothly we were running, I knew that nothing could go wrong," said Friedrich, who is the first man to win senior and junior world titles in the same season.
Hefti and Lamparter, who won the European title last week, finished clear of German bronze medallists Thomas Florschütz and Andreas Bredau, who trailed Friedrich by 1.19sec.
Holcomb and Steven Langton finished fourth, 0.08sec off the podium, after being third in the opening two runs on Saturday.
Friedrich was fastest in three of the four runs, with World Cup standings leader Lyndon Rush of Canada quickest in the third run which opened yesterday's competition. Still, Rush only moved up to finish eighth from 10th place overnight.
In the two-woman bobsleigh, Britain's Paula Walker and Gillian Cooke finished in 14th. Walker said: "It was a truly disappointing day." Kaillie Humphries of Canada defended her title with brakewoman Chelsea Valois.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview: I need to prove myself again at Villa, says Scott Sinclair
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Chelsea vs Manchester City player ratings: David Silva saves the day but which City star stole the show at Stamford Bridge?
Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Three-year-old boy shoots pregnant mother and father in New Mexico
- 2 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 4 Gorillaz Phase 4: Cartoon supergroup is back as new artwork is unveiled
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher A specialist primary school i...
£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...