Bobsleigh - Zubkov begins World Cup defence in style

Last year’s four-man bobsleigh World Cup champion Alexandr Zubkov kicked off the new season in style as he topped the podium in Lake Placid.

Zubkov and his teammates Dmitry Trunenkov, Alexey Negodaylo and Maxim Mokrousov were fastest in their first run with an effort of 54.80 seconds.

And the Russian quartet followed that up with the second-fastest run in the final round to top the podium overall with a combined time of 1:50.15 minutes.

Second on the day was the reigning Olympic champion in the four-man discipline, USA’s Steve Holcomb who along with his team-mates Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Cutis Tomasevic ended up only 0.19seconds back with a combined time of 1:50.34 minutes.

Third was the second American quartet of Nick Cunningham, Adam Clark, Andreas Drbal and Christopher Fogt another 0.13seconds back.

The British team of John James Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon ended up seventh on the day.