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Prusis Beats Lange in Four-Man Bobsled

December 15, 2002

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) _ Sandis Prusis of Latvia beat Olympic champion Andre Lange of Germany on Sunday for his first World Cup victory in the four-man bobsled.

The U.S. team led by Todd Hays finished sixth in the third of seven rounds of World Cup bobsled.

Prusis, teaming with Marcis Rullis, Janis Silarajs and Janis Ozols, had runs of 53.10 and 53.03 for a combined time of 1 minute, 46.08 seconds.

Lange’s Germany One team was slower than Prusis in both runs and finished in 1:46.61. Lange, who had won the first two four-man races of this season, consolidated his lead in the standings with 97 points.

Prusis, whose previous World Cup win in a two-man race dated to the mid-90s, advanced to second place with 91 points.

Germany’s Rene Spies, winner of the two-man World Cup race in this resort Saturday, finished third in the four-man, in 1:46.65, and held third place overall with 81 points.

Also, Switzerland Two, led by Ralph Ruegg, was fourth and Switzerland One of Martin Annen was fifth. The Canadian team of Jayson Krause finished 15th.

World Cup competition continues in La Plagne, France, Dec. 20-21.

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