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    Because of heavy rain followed by warm weather, the final two heats of the four-man bobsled championships was cancelled at Lake Placid, New York, USA, Feb 19, and Eugenio Monti of Italy, the defending champion, retained his title on the basis of the previous day's two heats.

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    Because of heavy rain followed by warm weather, the final two heats of the four-man bobsled championships was cancelled at Lake Placid, New York, USA, Feb 19, and Eugenio Monti of Italy, the defending champion, retained his title on the basis of the previous day's two heats.

    Monti's time for two runs down the one-mile 16-turn Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic course was 1 minute 9.20 seconds each run. Stan Benham of Lake Placid, a former world four-man champion, clocked the fastest ever run of 1 minute 8.83 seconds, but was second with a combined time of 2 minutes 18.70 seconds, and Gunnar Ahs driving Sweden's No. 1 sled, was third with 2 minutes 19.19 seconds.

    Three competitors will have to remain for treatment in Lake Placid hospital for injuries received in crashes. Romano Bonagura, brakeman for Italy's number two sled, has a fractured skull. Antonio Sartorius, brakeman on Spain's number one sled, suffered a broken shoulder and three broken ribs, and Dave Hobart of Canada, riding number three on the Spanish number one sled, suffered a broken shoulder.

    Built in 1930 for the 1932 Olympic Games, the Lake Placid run was originally one-had-a-half miles long. Shortened to one mile in 1933, it is considered by experts to be the fastest run in the world. Famous Shady Corner gives riders the equivalent of a 2-G pull as they come out of the turn. But the most treacherous of all bends on the completely downhill run is the Zig Zag. It is here that most upsets occur.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1400LDK4O08NA1F4H5V311B99
    Media URN:
    VLVA1400LDK4O08NA1F4H5V311B99
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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