Coakwell third after two runs
Moose Jaw’s Ben Coakwell is poised for a spot on the podium after he and his four-man bobsleigh team finished the first two heats in third place.
Piloted by Justin Kripps, the sled completed the first run in 58.38 seconds and the second run in 59 seconds flat, for a total time of 1:57.38.
Two German sleds, one piloted by Francesco Friedrich (1:57.00) and the other by Johannes Lochner (1:57.03) are the only two teams ahead of the Coakwell’s sled.
The other two Canadian teams, Christopher Spring (1:58.43) and Taylor Austin (1:59.48) sit 11th and 21st, respectively.
Heat 3 is scheduled to start on Day 16 on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 (SK time) and will feature all 28 of the teams in the competition. Following shortly after, the final heat, will include only the top 20 teams in the standings after three runs and will determine the final rankings.
Olympic notes: Read the full Day 15 recap on Olympic.ca…Ivanie Blondin secured a silver medal in the women’s long track speed skating mass start…Canada’s medal total is now 25 (four gold, eight silver, 13 bronze).