Bobsleigh boost for Hall with St Moritz top ten

Bobsleigh boost for Hall with St Moritz top ten

14 January 2018 / 14:15

Bradley Hall has done his chances of PyeongChang selection no harm after steering his squad to another bobsleigh World Cup top-ten finish, this time in St Moritz.

The team of Hall, Nick Gleeson, Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett finished tenth in Switzerland, within a second of the winners in a hotly-contested field.

Hall has already steered a British sled to history on the ice this season, securing a first medal in four years in Park City, in November, when taking bronze in the second part of the double header.

They weren’t quite able to replicate that performance in St Moritz but will still leave with plenty of positives, including a start time of 5.00 seconds in their second run ahead of the Olympic Winter Games.

That was a time beaten by just three squads with Hall and his sled stopping the clock in a combined time of 2:09.38 from their two runs, good enough for ninth - down one place from where they were at the halfway stage.

But the 12 hundredths of a second they picked up between the two runsproved invaluable, finishing just 0.01s ahead of the American team – piloted by Justin Olsen.

The race victory went to Johannes Lochner, Sebastian Mrowka, Joshua Bluhm and Christian Rasp in a time of 2:08.42, with their German counterparts, led by Francesco Friedrich, close behind in second place.

Hall was not the only Brit in action however as Lamin Deen, Ben Simons, Toby Olubi and Andrew Matthews took their place in the top 20 as the countdown to the Games intensifies.

The second effort was not to match their first, situated in 14th at the halfway stage but, like Hall, Deen also has a World Cup medal to celebrate this season after finishing second in Whistler late last year.

Team GB’s bobsleigh squad for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be selected later this month.

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