20/04/2024

Australia's Bobsleigh duo Bree Walker and Kiara Reddingius. Photo: Olympics.com.au

Bree Walker and Kiara Reddingius headlined Day 14 of Beijing 2022, competing in Australia’s last event at the Yanqing National Sliding track in the Two Woman Bobsleigh.

Bree Walker and Kiara Reddingius headlined Day 14 of Beijing 2022, competing in Australia’s last event at the Yanqing National Sliding track in the Two Woman Bobsleigh.

Bobsleigh

Two Woman Bobsleigh

In Australia’s first appearance in the Two Woman Bobsleigh event since the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Bree Walker and Kiara Reddingius represented the nation proudly in the first two heats.

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The event is Walker’s second of these Olympics, having competed in the Women’s Monobob (Single bobsleigh), where the 29-year-old finished fifth. While this event was Reddingius’ Olympic debut.

In the days leading up to the event in practice, the Australian duo’s best time was 1:02:58.

In the first heat, with Walker piloting the sled and Reddingius controlling the brakes as brake woman, the pair got off to a relatively good start at the push-off

Despite struggling to handle the bigger sled compared to her usual monobob, Walker looked reasonably comfortable guiding Australia around the course at high speeds.

The Australians ended their first run with a fantastic time of 1:01:98, placing them in 15th. Walker and Reddingius ended heat one less than a second behind the leading German pair Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi’s time of 1:01:04

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Going into the second heat, Australia would have wanted to improve on its time to move up the rankings.

Although, Walker and Reddingius were unable to better their first run time, the pair finished the heat with a time of 1:02.11.

Their second run’s time gives Australia a combined time of 2:04.09, placing it 12th after the first two heats. The German pair of Nolte and Levi still leads the pack with a combined time of 2:02.05 with two heats to go.

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The Australians have two more opportunities to further improve their time and ranking, and consistency will be the key in the final two heats.

Australia’s best-ever finish in this discipline is 14th, which was achieved by Astrid Loch-Wilkinson and Kylie Reed in 2006 at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

The Australian pair will return to Yanqing National Sliding Centre tomorrow night for heat three and four. Heat three will start at 11:00 pm ADET.

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