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Götschi wins again

Götschi (front right) celebrates with his team

(Keystone)

Eight days after winning the two-man Swiss bobsleigh championships, Reto Götschi has added the four-man title to his long list of honours.

Götschi and his team (Andy Gees, Alexandre Quiblier und Cédric Grand) came dramatically from behind on the second day of the championships after a first day which had seen Christian Reich's rival team take an apparently unassailable lead.

Reich had finished Saturday's two runs more than a third of a second ahead of Götschi, a margin of enormous width in bobsleigh terms. But in miserable conditions and temperatures of minus 11 degrees, Götschi shone - snatching the lead in the first run of the day.

Götschi's second run saw him shave off a further two tenths of a second to record the best time of the day and win his second four-man Swiss title since 1997.

Ivo Rüegg's team took third place ahead of Martin Annen.

The Swiss championships were also being used to determine the selection places for the imminent European Championships. Following Sunday's racing the selection committee gave starting slots to Götschi, Annen and Reich.

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