Song goes to Lange

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Little Zoe Lueders hoped she would get to hear O Canada again if her daddy won the four-man bobsled title.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen yesterday but the two-and-a-half-year-old's father, Calgary bobsled pilot Pierre Lueders, still managed a podium in four-man competition as the FIBT world championships wrapp-ed up at Canada Olympic Park.

Lueders finished third and made history in the process, becoming the second Canadian to medal in both two- and four-man at the same world championships after claiming gold last weekend in his two-seat sled. Vic Emery got bronze and gold in 1965.

And Germany's Andre Lange, who ran away with first place, also re-wrote the record book with his third straight world championship title, setting a COP track record of 53.16 seconds on his third run.

Lange also grabbed gold in the 2002 Olympics, so he's won the last four major events.

Lange finished with a four-run combined time of three minutes, 34.53 seconds, followed by Russia's Alexandr Zoubkov, the World Cup winner, in 3:34.83. Lueders, who had Ken Kotyk, Morgan Alexander and brakeman Lascelles Brown in the Canada 1 sled, clocked 3:34.86.

He was pleased with the bronze medal.

"It's been a good season and our goal was to get into the medals. That's exactly what we did. I knew we lost time but I knew it wasn't that much that we wouldn't be in the top three," said Lueders, 34, who wrapped up his most successful season on the World Cup tour with 11 medals.

"I've never medalled twice in the same event, so that's nice."

Lueders and Co. began the fourth heat sitting comfortably in second place but things went awry at the start of their final run when the sled came out of the grooves and hit the wall rounding into the first corner.

"For some reason we were drifting into the wall and we would have hit it quite hard but I drove away a bit. The back end caught before corner number one and that's really bad. That's worse than a push bar on the wall," said Lueders, whose bar wouldn't retract during Saturday's second run. "We had some goofy things happen and we're still on the podium."

Lueders barely held onto the bronze, getting third by just .02 of a second after Switzerland's Martin Annen laid down the fastest fourth run.

Lange said the title caps a tough year for he and his crew of Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze.

"We didn't have a very good World Cup season so we worked very, very hard for this and it paid off," said the 33-year-old Lange. "It will take me a while to realize what we've done, then we'll celebrate."

Okotoks' Jayson Krause, the Canada 2 pilot, finished 16th with his crew of Florian Linder, Mark LeBlanc and Bret Bresciani.


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