Swiss duo take world title
Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter won the two-man event and the World Cup bobsled title on Friday in the season finale at Calgary Olympic Park. Hefti and Lamparter edged Germany’s Manual Machata and Andreas Bredau by 0.01 seconds. Germany’s Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske were third, 0.26 seconds back, and finished second in the season standings. In the women’s event, Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Jennifer Ciochetti won their first race together. Humphries won last week with Emily Baadsvik in Whistler, British Columbia, on the track where the Calgary pilot won the Olympic gold medal two year ago. Germany’s Anja Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene were second, followed by teammates Sandra Kiriasis and Petra Lammert. Another German pair, Cathleen Martini and Janine Tisher finished fifth and won the world title.
Hangzhou to host tour
China will host a new round of cycling’s WorldTour series, the Tour of Hangzhou, at the end of the season, world governing body UCI announced on Friday. The five-stage race will take place from Oct. 17 until Oct. 21 in the city of 8.7 million people, which is close to Shanghai, and will follow the Tour of Beijing which has already been penciled in for Oct 10 to Oct. 14. The Tour of Hangzhou will be the fifth round of the WorldTour to be staged outside of Europe.
Teen blazes competition
Teenage French sprinter Jimmy Vicaut registered the best 60m indoors performance of the year on Friday when he clocked 6.53 seconds in Dusseldorf. Vicaut, who was sixth in the 100m final outdoors at the world championships in Daegu last summer, edged out America’s Joshua Norman, who timed 6.63 seconds. Three other season bests were recorded on Friday — in the 1,500m and 5,000m by Kenyan duo Nixon Chepseba and Thomas Longosiwa respectively and in the 800m by Poland’s Adam Kszczot.
Alonso quickest in testing
Ferrari finished Formula One’s first preseason test on a high note as Fernando Alonso was fastest in Friday’s session. The Spanish double world champion had a quickest lap of 1 minute, 18.877 seconds to go 0.7 seconds faster than the field. The Italians rebounded from a subdued start with the second-fastest time this week among this season’s designs, although Alonso’s running was restricted to 39 laps because of a hydraulics problem. Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso was second on Friday ahead of defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, whose best lap was 1 minute, 19.606 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren in front of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean.
Skipper avoids sanction
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has escaped further sanctions from British yachting’s governing body for grappling with a cameraman during a race. Ainslie was disqualified from races at the world sailing championships last year after being found guilty of gross misconduct by the International Sailing Federation. The Royal Yachting Association’s tribunal announced on Friday that “it would not be appropriate ... to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by the international jury.” Ainslie jumped from his dinghy and confronted the cameraman after being angered by the media boat creating a wash by being too close to the race.
Wolfsburg edge Freiburg
Petr Jiracek scored two goals as Wolfsburg edged out bottom-place Freiburg 3-2 in Bundesliga on Friday. Freiburg twice came back to level, but had no answer after Jiracek’s second goal in the 61st minute proved to be the winner. The game was held in freezing weather and light snowfall and it got off to a fast start with Jiracek putting the home side ahead after five minutes. Johannes Flum leveled in the 11th, but Marcel Schaefer made it 2-1 for Wolfsburg in the 14th. Daniel Caligiuri leveled again in the 38th before Jiracek’s second sealed Wolfsburg’s seventh home victory.