Updated: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 01:20 | By Agence France-Presse

Russia win two-man bobsleigh

Russia's Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda earned their country's fifth gold medal of the Sochi Olympics by winning the two-man bobsleigh on Monday.


Russia win two-man bobsleigh

Russia-1 two-man bobsleigh pilot Alexander Zubkov and brakeman Alexey Voevoda celebrate their Gold Medal run in the Bobsleigh Two-man Heat 4 at the Sliding Center Sanki during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014 - by Leon Neal

Zubkov, the 2011 world champion and Vancouver Olympics bronze medallist, produced two more consistent races to clock a combined time of 3min 45.39sec to finish 0.66sec ahead of the second-placed Swiss crew of Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann.

Zubkov and Voevoda, who were both in Russia's 2006 Games silver medal winning four-man squad, were leading the event by 0.32sec after two opening runs on Sunday and set the new track record of 56.08sec in the third run.

Hefti, who competed for both two- and four-man Swiss squads that won bronze medals at 2006 Olympics as a pusher, kept his second position to add an Olympic silver medal to his collection.

American pilot Steve Holcomb, who won the four-man event at Vancouver, and was third after the first day, stayed in the bronze medal position with a combined time of 3:46.27.

Jamaica's Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon failed to make it into the top 20 of the event and went out after the third run.

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