Seven up for Brad Hall as British Bobsleigh secure another four-man silver in Winterberg to stay in contention for overall World Cup medal

10 January 2022

Brad Hall now has a magnificent seven medals for the 2021-22 season after piloting British Bobsleigh to another stunning silver in the penultimate four-man race of the World Cup campaign in Winterberg, Germany.

Hall, Taylor Lawrence, Nick Gleeson and Greg Cackett climbed up from fourth at the halfway stage to take second spot overall, meaning the University of Bath-based crew have now finished second, 11th, ninth, fifth, second, seventh and second in their four-man races this season.

That means they sit fourth in the world rankings ahead of next week’s finale in St Moritz, just 10 points behind Russia’s Rostislav Gaitiukevich in third as they chase the country’s first men’s four-man overall World Cup medal for 27 years.

“It was a great performance from the boys today and another silver medal to add to the tally,” said Lawrence, who made his World Cup debut in Winterberg two years ago almost to the day.

“It’s great to do it in Winterberg, it’s a track that we’re starting to enjoy. Having the first-ranked push means a lot to us, too. There’s nothing better as brakemen than when you come down the bottom of the track and you see that No 1 next to your name. It fuels you for those next pushes and those next runs. Hopefully we can carry this momentum forward into Moritz and then into the Olympic Games.”

London 2012 Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford made his World Cup debut in Lamin Deen’s crew, which finished 18th overall and also included Luke Dawes – making his first appearance of the season – and Same Blanchet.

Earlier in the day, Mica McNeill and Adele Nicoll had finished 14th in the women’s bobsleigh after a tough start draw. The British pair would normally have welcomed being first off on fresh ice but snowfall made that early start a clear disadvantage.

After the final World Cup of the season, attention will turn to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games which take place during February – click here for all the latest news and build-up.

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