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German, Swiss Tied in 2-Man Bobsled

February 17, 2002

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Christoph Langen of Germany set a track record and moved into a tie with Christian Reich of Switzerland after three heats of the Olympic two-man bobsled on Sunday.

On their third run, Reich and brakeman Steve Anderhub broke the track record they set on their first run Saturday by .07 of a second, finishing in 47.45 seconds. That gave them a three-run aggregate time of 2 minutes, 22.50 seconds.

Langen, who entered the day second at .01 behind, then set yet another track record of 47.44 to tie for the lead with one run to go.

Martin Annen was third, .43 out of the lead.

Todd Hays of Del Rio, Texas moved into medal contention. He had a third-run time of 47.61 and was tied for fourth with defending Olympic champion Pierre Lueders of Canada at 2:23.02.

The United States has not won an Olympic bobsled medal since Arthur Tyler captured the four-man bronze at Cortina, Italy in 1956.

Brian Shimer of Naples, Fla. remained in ninth after a run of 48.07 in USA-2 but was nearly two seconds behind the leaders.

Guenther Huber of Italy, who shared the gold with Lueders at Nagano four years ago, was eighth.

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