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Friedrich caps off perfect 2-man World Cup bobsled season

February 24, 2019
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Germany's Francesco Friedrich, left, and Thorsten Margis, celebrate their win the men's World Cup bobsled event in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Germany’s Francesco Friedrich finished off the first perfect two-man season in World Cup bobsled history Saturday, driving to his eighth victory of the eight-race season.

Friedrich won the two-man overall points title for the second time in three years.

He held off Canada’s Justin Kripps by just nine-hundredths of a second for the win on the 1988 Olympic track. Germany also took third, in the sled driven by Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich wound up topping Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis by 236 points in the final standings. Friedrich got the perfect 1,800 — taking the maximum 225 points in all eight races — and Germany’s Nico Walther was third in the points race.

For the U.S., Codie Bascue was 14th and Justin Olsen 15th in the seasonlong two-man standings.

In the final women’s race of the World Cup season, Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany won to finish off the seasonlong title as well. Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. was second on Saturday and finished third in the season race, while Germany’s Stephanie Schneider was third on Saturday and finished second in the standings.

The World Cup season ends with a four-man race Sunday, and then sliders move to Whistler, British Columbia for the world championships starting next weekend.