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Annen wins World Cup bobsled race

Annen, in front, and Hefti have every reason to celebrate

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Martin Annen has beaten Germany's Christoph Langen to win a World Cup two-man bobsled race. Saturday's victory was all the sweeter given that it was only Annen's second race at an international level.

The 26-year old from canton Schwyz teamed up with Beat Hefti to edge Langen by nine hundredths of a second in the Austrian resort of Igls. But Annen said how fast the other competitors made it down the run was of no interest to him.

"I concentrated exclusively on my race," said the world junior champion after the competition, "the times my rivals clocked were entirely irrelevant."

Annen is now tied for the World Cup lead in the two-man event. However, he said even that fact was not of particular interest to him: "The ranking is not important. I want to do my best in every run and I have one sole objective: to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City."

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