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Switzerland wins four-man bobsled; Canada places 14th

Associated Press

12/16/2012 1:20:17 PM

LA PLAGNE, France -- Beat Hefti of Switzerland won a four-man bobsled race Sunday to end a run of four consecutive wins by World Cup titleholder Alexander Zubkov of Russia.

Pushed by Alex Baumann, Thomas Lamparter and Juerg Egger, he beat Zubkov's Russia 1 crew of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov by .09 seconds.

Zubkov was followed over the line in La Plagne by the Russia 2 team of Alexander Kasjanov, Ilvir Khuzin, Maxim Belugin and Petr Moiseev. They were .26 behind.

World and Olympic champion Steven Holcomb's USA 1 crew finished a disappointing seventh -- .74 behind Hefti, who is 10th in the overall standings.

Vancouver's Justin Cripps piloted Canada 3 to a 14th place finish.

After five of nine races, Zubkov leads with 1110 points, followed by Holcomb on 956 points and Maximilian Arndt of Germany on 914.

Arndt was fourth on Sunday.