Rush on top of World Cup field after fourth in Altenberg

Sylvan Lake’s Lyndon Rush is leading the World Cup field in two-man bobsleigh after posting a fourth place finish

Sylvan Lake’s Lyndon Rush is leading the World Cup field in two-man bobsleigh after posting a fourth place finish in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday.

While he and Lascelles Brown didn’t make the podium, the fourth-place finish was enough to secure the Canada 1 sled top spot in the World Cup two-man standings.

Rush and Brown won a silver medal together in Whistler. The top pilot in the country added a bronze and gold medal with Jesse Lumsden pushing him before the holiday break.

“I’m a bit surprised to be leading because we crashed in Park City so I thought I would be out of it for the overall,” said Rush, who added the absence of American Steven Holcomb in Altenberg opened the door for the race for number one. “It will be fun to go down to the wire and make a run for it for sure.”

Sliding with Calgary’s Lascelles Brown, they clocked a two-run time of 1:54.85 down the 1,413 metre icy chute at Altenberg.

“It was okay today, but it was kind of disappointing to lose a spot after the first run,” said Rush, in a news release from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “It is a tough field and you have to be good to win. There is no room for mistakes.”

On Sunday, Rush piloted the lone Canadian four-man bobsleigh to a sixth-place finish.

He drove the Canada 1 crew — Jesse Lumsden, Lascelles Brown and Neville Wright — into sixth spot with a two-run time of 1:51.97 seconds.

German entries captured to top three positions.