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Friedrich wins 4-man race, Germany remains perfect on season

January 6, 2019
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Germany's Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp und Thorsten Margis celebrate after the second run of the bob world cup in Altenberg, Germ,any, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
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Germany's Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp und Thorsten Margis celebrate after the second run of the bob world cup in Altenberg, Germ,any, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Germany’s unbeaten season in World Cup bobsled races continued Sunday, with Francesco Friedrich driving to a four-man victory.

It was Friedrich’s fifth win in six races this season, and Germany has now won all nine World Cup bobsled events through the season’s first three tour stops. Oskars Kibermanis was second for Latvia, and Nico Walther took third for Germany.

For the United States, Justin Olsen drove his sled to 19th place and Codie Bascue — already dealing with a left leg injury that leaves him unable to push at the start of races — tipped his sled over late in the second heat and finished 20th.

Bascue and the members of his team avoided injury in the crash.

The World Cup bobsled season continues next weekend in Koenigssee, Germany.