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Canada takes bronze to prevent Germany from sweeping four-man podium


Germany won gold and silver in the four-man bobsleigh event on Sunday, giving the country medals in all but one of the sliding events at the Winter Olympics.

Francesco Friedrich led a team to the gold medal with a time of 3 minutes 54.5 seconds. Another German team led by Johannes Lochner arrived 37 seconds later, winning the silver medal. Canada won the bronze medal with a team led by Justin Kripps, finishing 79 seconds later.

The Germans were the big favorites for the event, having won almost all the gold medals in sliding sports at these Games.

Germany swept all four luge events and added two more skeleton golds. The country also became the first country to win a podium at the Beijing Olympics, winning all three medals in the two-man bobsleigh competition on Tuesday.

The only sliding event in which Germany did not win a medal was the women’s monobob, a new event in which the United States won gold and silver.

The Jamaican team was eliminated before the final four, but the competition alone was a victory for the Caribbean nation. Jamaica hadn’t sent a bobsled team to the Winter Olympics since 1998, 10 years after the country’s underdog team first captured the hearts of fans and inspired the Disney film ‘Cool Runnings “.

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