Sport Canada, Germany tie for bobsled gold

16:51  19 february  2018
16:51  19 february  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Canada ’s team of Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz finished in a dead tie with Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany . Both teams recorded a time of 3:16.86. Believe it or not, this is the second time there has been a tie for gold in the two-man bobsled in the past 20 years.

AFP/Getty Images. Germany 's Francesco Friedrich, left, and Thorsten Margis, second left, celebrate with Canada 's Alexander Kopacz, second right, and Justin Kripps after tying for gold in the two-man bobsled .

Canada's Justin Kripps and Germany's Francesco Friedrich won gold medals after a dead-heat in the men's Olympic two-man bobsleigh on Monday.

Kripps and four-times world champion Friedrich both finished with identical times of three minutes 16.86 seconds. Latvia's Oskars Melbardis took bronze.

It was the first dead-heat in the Olympic two-man bobsleigh competition since Nagano in 1998.

(Reporting by James Pearson, editing by Ed Osmond)

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