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Canada finishes surprising first and third in World Cup bobsled Saturday

Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett
Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett
Gene Sweeney Jr., Getty Images

According to on Saturday, Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia and Bryan Barnett of Edmonton, Alberta have won the gold medal in the 2-man competition at a World Cup bobsleigh event in Konigssee, Germany.

The gold medal for Kripps was very unlikely because even with the victory, he only moves into tenth place in the World Cup standings, and it was the first World Cup medal of his career.

Kripps and Barnett posted a time of 1:39.71 to beat the German pair of Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann by 0.15 seconds. Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and Lascelles Brown of Calgary recorded their first podium finish of the year with a bronze medal. Rush and Brown, at 1:40.03, were one one-hundredth of a second faster than the American duo of Cory Butner and Chris Langton.

The podium finishes for Kripps and Rush are significant because the two-man race was the final competition before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Canada is one of three nations that has qualified for three sleds in the two-man competition in Sochi, joining Germany and the United States.