World Champions! GOLD for Great Britain’s 4-Man bobsled

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Great Britain’s awesome bobsled foursome have beaten Germany’s 4-man team who were undefeated at Altenberg, the toughest track in the world, for 17 seasons.

The British quartet which consists of Brad Hall, Taylor Lawrence, Arran Gulliver and Greg Cackett captured another GB World Cup gold this week at the World Championships in Germany winning the 4-Man Bobsled by a margin of 0.09 seconds.

Greg Cackett said:

“That was pretty special. We looked at coming to Altenberg for two weeks on a bogey track as good preparation for the World Championships and we’ve finished the first week with a gold medal.

“Doing well here at a track we’ve not done well at before bodes so well for the World Champs, which is at another track where we haven’t been as good as we’d like in the past. It’s exciting times.”

The British sled was the second quickest starters in the first heat as they led at the halfway mark and a stunning second run start, the fastest of the day, laid the platform for gold. Cackett explained:

“We always want to be the fastest starters so to pull out a 5.06 in the second run was a great feeling for all of us.

“We know how important it is to be in a good place going into the first corner so to go two hundredths quicker than anyone else all day is just huge for us.

“The push has been consistently quick all season – we know we can produce when we need to. Arran’s only been sliding for a couple of months but he’s been amazing. To come in and help give us starts like that so early in his career is incredible.”

Cackett continued:

“Seeing Brad and Taylor win silver on Saturday gave us even more confidence that we could win the 4-man. We’re setting such high standards now because we know what we’re capable of.”

According to Sportsbeat this is the first time a British 4-man team has won two World Cup gold medals in a single season.

Sportsbeat reported: “Hall has now won eight World Cup medals across two and four-man this term, also taking silver with Lawrence at Altenberg.

“Britain are second in the overall 4-man standings with three races to come, within sight of the leaders. Britain have never won an overall medal in the 4-man World Cup.

“The sky is now the limit with the World Championships running from 28 January to 5 February in St Moritz, and the World Cup concluding in Sigulda, Latvia in mid-February.”

Cackett said:

“Brad’s driving great and we know that, if we give him a decent push, he can get us on the podium anywhere in the world.”

Source: Team GB / Sportsbeat 2023


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