Canada/Germany share bobsleigh gold

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak bring you all the action from day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The Alpensia Sliding Centre produced yet another nail biting finish during the two-man bobsleigh competition final heat.

At the end of the two-day four-run competition spectators witnessed a dead heat for the gold medal between Justin Kripps/Alexander Kopacz of Canada and Francesco Friedrich/Thorsten Margis of Germany.

Both pairs finished with a cumulative time of 3:16.86 over the four runs with Latvian pair of Oskars Melbardis/Janis Strenga just 0.05 seconds behind while the top five was covered by just 0.28 seconds.

This is the first shared gold medal of the 2018 games and second overall after Marit Bjorgen (Norway) and Krista Parmakoski (Finland) shared the bronze during the women’s 10km freestyle cross-country event.

There was a big disappointment for the home crowd in the Gangneung Oval when Norwegian Havard Lorentzen gave a time of 34.41 seconds in the men’s 500m speed skating competition beating home favorite Cha Min Kyu by the narrowest of margins, just 0.01 seconds.

Lorentzen also lowered Casey Fitzrandolph’s Olympic record set in Salt Lake City in 2002 by the same margin of 0.01 seconds.

Bronze went to Chinese representative Gao Tingyu 0.24 seconds behind Lorentzen thus leaving the Netherlands, who swept the podium in the discipline four years ago, empty handed for a second day in a row in the Gangneung Oval.

Norway took their 11th gold of 2018 Winter Olympics with their win in men’s ski jumping team event, finishing with 1098 points, 23 ahead of Germany and 26 ahead of Poland.

Norway led throughout the whole competition, with brilliant jumps from all four of their athletes but it was Daniel Andre Tande’s performance in the second round, that secured Norway their second gold on the ski jumping hills following Maren Lundby’s gold in the women’s normal hill event.

Germany finished second thanks to Andreas Wellinger’s exceptional second jump, which helped his team overtake Poland and claim the silver medal.

Poland took their first evet ski jumping team event medal, by taking the bronze.

Following the 10th day of competition in South Korea, Norway continues to lead in the medals table with 11 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals, followed by Germany with 10 gold, six silver and four bronze, while Canada have now leapfrogged the Netherlands for the third place thanks to their tally of six gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

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