Friday, February 20, 1998
Langen leads four-man after one runNAGANO, Japan (AP) -- Christoph Langen piloted Germany 2 to a track-record run of 52.70 seconds Friday and gained the lead after the first heat of the Olympic four-man bobsled.
Despite a steady rain, Langen, who went ninth, broke Brian Shimer's Spiral mark by one-hundredth of a second and also broke Shimer's start record, posting a 4.78-second start.
That vaulted Langen past Sean Olsson in Great Britain 1. Olsson was the first sled out of the chute and posted a time of 52.77 for the early lead.
In third was Christian Reich in Switzerland 2 with a time of 52.88, followed by Shimer in USA 1 at 52.93.
Naomi Takewaki of Japan didn't put his home-ice advantage to good use, finishing in 53.73 and out of medal contention already. But he was ahead of Jim Herberich in USA 2 by one-hundredth of a second.
Also struggling in the rain were the men who shared the two-man gold. Pierre Lueders of Canada finished in 53.14 and Guenther Huber of Italy finished in 53.84.
NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- Results Friday after the first run of the four-man bobsled event at the Winter Olympics:
1, Germany 2 (Christoph Langen; Markus Zimmermann; Marco Jakobs; Olaf Hampel), 52.70 seconds.
2, Britain 1 (Sean Olsson; Dean Ward; Courtney Rumbolt; Paul Attwood), 52.77.
3, Switzerland 2 (Christian Reich; Steve Anderhub; Thomas Handschin; Cedric Grand), 52.88.
4, United States 1 (Brian Shimer, Lake Placid, N.Y.; Nathan Minton III, Macon, Ga.; Randy Jones, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Garrett Hines, Memphis, Tenn.), 52.93.
5, Latvia 1 (Sandis Prusis; Egils Bojars; Janis Ozols; Janis Elsins), 52.98.
6, Austria 1 (Hubert Schoesser; Peter Leismuller; Erwin Arnold; Martin Schuetzenauer), 53.10.
7, Germany 1 (Harald Czudaj; Torsten Voss; Steffen Goermer; Alexander Szelig), 53.12.
8, Switzerland 1 (Marcel Rohner; Markus Nuessli; Markus Wasser; Beat Seitz), 53.13.
8, France 1 (Bruno Mingeon; Emmanuel Hostache; Eric Le Chanony; Max Robert), 53.13.
10, Canada 1 (Pierre Lueders; Ricardo Greenidge; Jack Pyc; David MacEachern), 53.14.
11, Canada 2 (Chris Lori; Ben Hindle; Matt Hindle; Ian Danney), 53.52.
12, Czech Republic 1 (Pavel Puskar; Peter Kondrat; Pavel Polomsky; Jan Kobian), 53.61.
13, Russia 1 (Pavel Chtcheglovski; Alexei Seliverstov; Vladislav Possedkin; Konstantin Demin), 53.72.
14, Japan 1 (Naomi Takewaki; Hiroaki Ohishi; Takashi Ohori; Masanori Inoue), 53.73.
15, United States 2 (Jim Herberich, Winchester, Mass.; Darrin Steele, Sherrard, Ill.; John Kasper, Atlanta; Robert Olesen, Champaign, Ill.), 53.74.
16, Italy 1 (Guenther Huber; Antonio Tartaglia; Massimiliano Rota; Marco Menchini), 53.84.
17, Austria 2 (Kurt Einberger; Thomas Bachler; Georg Kuttner; Michael Mueller), 53.92.
18, Norway 1 (Arnfinn Kristiansen; Joern Dahl; Peter Kildal; Dagfinn Aarskog), 53.96.
19, Japan 2 (Toshio Wakita; Yasuo Nakamura; Toshiya Onoda; Shinji Aoto), 54.02.
20, Italy 2 (Fabrizio Tosini; Andrea Pais De Libera; Enrico Costa; Sergio Chianella), 54.07.
21, Jamaica 1 (Dudley Stokes; Winston Watt; Nelson Stokes; Wayne Thomas), 54.41.
22, Poland 1 (Tomasz Zyla; Dawid Kupczyk; Krzysztof Sienko; Tomasz K. Gatka), 54.71.
23, Australia 1 (Jason Giobbi; Scott Walker; Ted Polglaze; Adam Barclay), 54.72.
24, Romania 1 (Florian Enache; Marian Chitescu; Iulian Pacioianu; Mihai Dumitrascu), 55.01.
25, Hungary 1 (Nicholas Frankl; Peter Pallai; Zsolt Zsombor; Bertalan Pinter), 55.16.
26, Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 (Zoran Sokolovic; Nihad Mameledzija; Edin Krupalija; Mario Franjic), 55.26.
27, Taiwan 1 (Sun Kuang-ming; Doh Maw-Sheng; Chang Mau-san; Cheng Jin-shan), 55.30.
28, Monaco 1 (Albert Grimaldi; Pascal Camia; Jean-Francois Calmes; Gilbert Bessi), 55.58.
29, Ireland 1 (Jeff Pamplin; Simon Linscheid; Garry Power; Terry McHugh), 55.79.
30, U.S. Virgin Islands 1 (Keith Sudziarski; Christian Brown; Paul Zar; Jeff Kromenhoek), 55.80.
31, Greece 1 (Greg Sebald; Anastasios Papakonstantinou; Peter Kolotouros; John-Andrew Kambanis), 55.94.
32, Puerto Rico 1 (Liston Bochette; Jorge Bonnet; Jose Ferrer; Joseph Keosseian), 56.45.