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Russia wins four-man bobsled gold to sweep men's races

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The Canadian Press
2/23/2014 7:20:43 AM
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Alexander Zubkov has driven Russia to victory in four-man bobsled, making him the sixth pilot to sweep the men's bobsled races at an Olympics.

Oskars Melbardis of Latvia drove to the silver medal on Sunday, and 2010 champion Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, piloted USA-1 to bronze.

The U.S. won seven sliding medals at the Sochi Games, more than any other nation.

Lyndon Rush's Canada-2 sled of Lascelles Brown, David Bissett and Neville Wright placed ninth in 3:41.76. Chris Spring and his Canada-1 crew were 13th in 3:42.84.

The 39-year-old Zubkov predicted the third run of the competition would decide everything and he was right. He padded his lead considerably in that heat, and no one could keep pace.

Not long afterward, he enjoyed what was a golden final joyride down the track, clinching the title by 0.09 seconds.

Alexander Zubkov (Photo: Canadian Press)

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