Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Control rope mishap for monobob pilot Melanie Hasler

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On the second day of the competition, she still wanted to achieve the medal miracle. But Melanie Hasler (24) has to settle for 7th place in the monobob race at the home World Championships.

At the halfway point of the race on Saturday, the native of Aargau was in intermediate place 6 and would have needed two outstanding runs on Sunday for a podium sensation. The announced increase in rank does not happen, on the contrary.

Hasler says she would have been happy with a top five finish. «A disappointing race for me. It was a close battle for places. My Canadian competitor started almost 0.2 seconds faster than me. So I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes on the train.”

But especially in the upper part of the natural ice rink, Hasler did not remain flawless in the 3rd and 4th run. In the final run, another mishap happens after the start: “In the monobob, getting on is always hectic, and the control cables in the bobsleigh wobble around. I grabbed it, but then had the left rope in my right hand and had to swap.”

Now she’s counting on her second chance at the world championship next weekend in the two-man bobsleigh with brakewoman Nadja Pasternack.

The new monobob world champion: Laura Nolte (24). The German has already had Olympic gold (in twos) since Beijing 2022, but is now winning her first world title. Nolte relegated monobob Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries (USA, 37) to second place, Germany’s Lisa Buckwitz (28) took bronze. Martina Fontanive (36) from Zurich came in 10th.

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