Bobsleigh - Hefti lays down marker at bobsleigh World Cup

Switzerland's Beat Hefti laid down a marker for next month's Winter Olympics at the bobsleigh World Cup in Winterberg.

But the Swiss driver and brakeman Alex Baumann couldn't have won by a narrower margin over two runs in Germany.

The 35-year old driver, a three-time Olympic bronze medallist, edged out Russia's Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voedova by just one hundredth of a second. Americans Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley completed the podium.

However, there was major disappointment for Britain's top driver John Jackson.

Jackson had a horror start with brakeman Bruce Tasker and made several driving errors, finishing last of the 27 starters and failing to qualify for the second run.

British team-mates Lamin Deen and John Baines didn't fare much better ranking 26th.

Jackson will now look to rebound in the four-man event - his principle target for Sochi - after a silver medal in his last outing in Lake Placid, Britain's first men's World Cup podium for 16 years.

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