Francesco Friedrich claimed an historic 10th bobsleigh world title in Altenburg ©RWH2021

Francesco Friedrich etched his name in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships history books after winning his 10th title in Altenberg in Germany.

The German’s victory alongside Alexander Schueller in the two-man bobsleigh saw him end Italian Eugenio Monti’s 55-year record.

Monti had been two-man bobsleigh world champion seven times between 1957 and 1966 and won four-man bobsleigh gold twice.

Friedrich has now won seven two-man bobsleigh titles and three four-man bobsleigh crowns, with the historic 10th coming in emphatic fashion.

After four runs, Friedrich and Schueller clocked a combined time of 3min 39.78sec as they won by an impressive 2.05sec - the biggest margin of victory since 2007.

For the second successive year, Germany’s Johannes Lochner won silver, this time alongside Eric Franke, after recording a time of 3:41.83.

Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schueller topped an all-German podium in Altenburg ©RWH2021
Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schueller topped an all-German podium in Altenburg ©RWH2021

Hans-Peter Hannighofer and Christian Roeder completed an all-German podium after finishing third in a time of 3:42.01.

The Swiss pairings of Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel and Simon Friedli and Andreas Haas battled for bronze only to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

The second section of the World Championships is due to start on Thursday (February 11), with the opening runs of the men’s and women’s skeleton.

Finals are scheduled for the following day before the event concludes with the mixed team competition on February 13.

Respective men’s and women’s World Cup champions Martins Dukurs of Latvia and Austria’s Janine Flock will seek to add further honours.

The women’s monobob is scheduled to take place over the weekend of February 13 to 14, as will the four-man bobsleigh, where Friedrich, unbeaten in this year’s IBSF World Cup, will be expected to return to his familiar podium position.