Machata adds four-man gold to tally
Manuel Machata proved he is a rookie only by name after claiming four-man gold at the FIBT World Championships in Koenigssee.
The 26-year-old Bavarian looked comfortable throughout the competition on his home track in Germany, setting a new track record of 48.65 seconds in his first run.
But he was not finished there as Machata put in an electrifying final run of 49.88 seconds to take the crown in 3:16.58 minutes.
And after adding the World Championship title to his four-man World Cup and European crown Machata insists he has surprised even himself in a whirlwind season.
“I never expected to do as well as I have done this season,” he said.
“We thought that maybe we could get in the top five or six but we have obviously done a lot better than we thought so that is great.”
There was more to for the home fans to cheer however as fellow Bavarian Karl Angerer claimed silver with a time of 3:17.10 minutes, just over half-a-second behind compatriot Machata.
Two-man world champion Alexandr Zubkov failed to repeat his earlier heroics in Koenigssee as he was pipped to bronze by 2010 Olympic champion Steve Holcomb, the American finishing 0.19 seconds ahead of the Russian to climb the podium.
Meanwhile, John Jackson and his Great British bobsled finished down in 22nd.