Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:31am EST
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By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia's Oskars Melbardis.

American Steve Holcomb, the 2010 champion, won bronze, three hundredths of a second ahead of Russian Alexander Kasjanov in the RUS-2 sled. Holcomb also secured bronze in the two-man.

"We did the impossible," Zubkov said.

"We proved that we are the best in the two-man bobsleigh and the four-man bobsleigh."

Zubkov's double success helped Russia top the medals table with 13 golds.

"The country believed in us," he said. "But nobody believed that Russia would even be in the top three in total medals but we have won."

Amid a festive atmosphere at the Sanki Sliding Centre and chants of 'MOLODTSY' ("well done") Zubkov hugged his crew of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Voevoda, the Sochi native who he won two-man gold with on Monday.   Continued...

Russia's pilot Alexander Zubkov (R) reacts during the four-man bobsleigh event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann