Leon Felderer from Italy, who started in the 11th number on Saturday, beat the track record (58,160 seconds) for the first time since the Nations Cup competition, 58.025 seconds.
Rozītis was the first of the Latvians to take the first race on the track with the 15th number, with a poor start, but at that time achieving a fourth best result. After finishing all the athletes, he took 16th place in the race.
Aparjods started with the 17th number, with a good start reaching a new track record – 57,824 seconds and taking the fifth place at the end of the race.
Immediately behind him, the talented Bērziņš went on the track, who was forced to touch the ice with his feet at the bottom of the track, braking the ride, and at that time took the fourth place, taking the 14th place after the finish of all the athletes.
The Gardener started with the number 21 and despite entering the edge of the track, the track was almost perfect, at that time 0.138 seconds behind Aparjoda. After the finish of all the athletes, the gardener took the seventh place in the race.
Aparjoda was the first to be overtaken by 23rd Austrian Reinhard Eger, who was 0.031 seconds faster, correcting the track record.
The leader after the first race with a result of 57,299 seconds was the German Johannes Ludwig. He was 0.280 seconds ahead of the Austrian David Glacier and 0.435 seconds ahead of his compatriot Max Langenhan.
Aparjods was 0.525 seconds behind Ludwig, Gardener – 0.663, Bērziņš – 0.858 and Rozitis – 0.877 seconds.
Rozitis also made an excellent second trip, conceding only to the well-traveled Austrian Wolfgang Kindlam. After finishing all the riders, he took 12th place 1.7 seconds behind the winner Ludwig.
Bērziņš also made a good trip visually, but gave in to both Kindlam and Rozītis. At the end of the race he took 14th place 1,808 seconds behind the German.
The gardener was mistaken for the 12th edition, followed by another, showing only the sixth best time at the time. After finishing all riders, he finished 11th 1,605 seconds behind Ludwig.
Aparjods, on the other hand, drove very well until the 13th turn, where he experienced a fall, retreating to the 23rd place. He was 2.187 seconds behind Ludwig.
Ludwig was ahead of his compatriot Felix Loh by 0.854 seconds and another German Landenhan by 0.858 seconds.
The fourth and fifth places were taken by the Austrians David Gleusser and Eger, respectively, and the sixth place – by the Italian Dominik Fischnaller.
32 sleigh riders started.
Gardener and Bērziņš were guaranteed a place in the main competition before, but Apajords and Rozītis qualified for the stage through the Nations Cup, where they won first and third place, respectively. Aparjod, as the winner, also had a track record of 58,160 seconds until Saturday.
Latvia’s leading sleigh rider Aparjodas ended the previous season in December due to an injury, before winning third place in Altenberg. The gardener was 14th overall, but Rozitis and Bērziņš took 16th and 17th place.
It has already been reported that the brothers Juris and Andris Šici were third in the doubles competition on Saturday, but the second place was taken by the second Latvian duo Mārtiņš Bots / Roberts Plūme.
There will be a women’s competition and a team relay on Sunday. Latvia will be represented in the women’s competition by Elīza Tīruma, Sigita Bērziņa, Kendija Aparjode and Elīna Ieva Vītola, but Ulla Zirne started only in the Nations Cup due to quotas.
170 sleigh riders from 27 countries have applied for the first stage of the World Cup: 57 women, 53 men and 30 doubles.
After that, the athletes will return to Europe and go to Sochi, where they will take two stages – on November 27/28 and December 4/5. On December 12/12, there will be a section on the German track in Altenberg, and a week later on the Austrian track in Eagles.
Already in the first two days of 2022, the sixth stage will take place in Winterberg, Germany, and a week later the sleigh athletes will gather in Sigulda. In the middle of the month, on January 15/16, the eighth stage will take place in Oberhof, Germany, and on January 22/23, the World Cup final and the European Championships will take place on the St. Moritz track in Switzerland.
The culmination of the season will be from February 4 to 10, when the Olympic medals will be fought in Yangtze.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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