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Monobob | De Bruin wins gold in Latvia

Monobob | De Bruin wins gold in Latvia

(Sigulda) Canada’s Christine de Bruin won her second gold of the season, winning the monobob event at the World Cup in Latvia on Saturday.

Originally from Stoney Plain, Alta., De Bruin set a track record by completing his second round with a time of 53.77 seconds. His combined time of 1: 48.12 in two races earned him the gold medal.

De Bruin, who triumphed in Altenberg, Germany on December 18, leads the overall World Cup standings in a monobob.

Austrian Breeana Walker took second place on Saturday, while Russia’s Nadezhda Sergeeva captured the bronze medal.

In the two-man bobsleigh event, Canadians Justin Kripps and Ryan Sommer placed fourth.

Russians Rostislav Gaitiukevich and Mikhail Mordasov won the race, followed by Britons Brad Hall and Greg Cackett, as well as Austrians Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer.

The Canadian bobsleigh team was hit by a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this week. Eleven athletes and three coaches separated. The team stayed in Latvia during the holidays to minimize the risks of the virus.

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