| Event type

Four, Men1

Date20 – 21 February 1998
LocationThe Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Participants128 from 25 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 15
Length: 1360 m
Start Altitude: 1028 m
Vertical Drop: 113 m

Whilst German sleds had won the last three editions of the world championship the German team arrived in Japan without the 1997 champion Wolfgang Hoppe who had retired at the end of the 1997 season. Strong candidates for the medal positions came from as many as eight different countries which was a sign that international competition had become much closer in the preceding years.

Bad weather marred the first day of competition and the scheduled second run was cancelled. The Germany II sled piloted by Christoph Langen was the only crew to record consistently good times over the first two completed runs and held a healthy lead entering the final run. They avoided any serious mistakes and posted a time that gave them a comfortable victory. Behind Langen the other medals were decided by miniscule margins. France were in sixth place after the second run, behind a trio tied for third place, and they were forced to ensure a nervous wait after they completed their run. Both the second Swiss sled and USA I missed the French total time by just 0.02 of a second whilst the British team finished absolutely level with France in what was to prove a tie for bronze behind Switzerland I. France had competed in Olympic bobsleigh since the inaugural event in 1924 but had never before won a medal of any colour. Great Britain’s wait was not quite as long but it had still been 44 years since the British flag had been hoisted at a bobsleigh medal ceremony.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3
19Germany IIGER2:39.4152.70 (1)52.90 (1)53.81 (=8)Gold
Christoph LangenMarkus ZimmermannMarco JakobsOlaf Hampel
27Switzerland ISUI2:40.0153.13 (=8)53.15 (2)53.73 (=4)Silver
Marcel RohnerMarkus NüssliMarkus WasserBeat Seitz
=31Great Britain GBR2:40.0652.77 (2)53.58 (10)53.71 (3)Bronze
Sean OlssonDean WardCourtney RumboltPaul Attwood
=35France FRA2:40.0653.13 (=8)53.30 (3)53.63 (1)Bronze
Bruno MingeonEmmanuel HostacheÉric Le ChanonyMax Robert
52United States IUSA2:40.0852.93 (4)53.42 (4)53.73 (=4)
Brian ShimerChip MintonRandy JonesGarrett Hines
68Latvia LAT2:40.2652.98 (5)53.50 (=7)53.78 (6)
Sandis PrūsisEgils BojārsJānis OzolsJānis Elsiņš
73Switzerland IISUI2:40.2852.88 (3)53.47 (6)53.93 (=13)
Christian ReichSteve AnderhubThomas HandschinCédric Grand
84Germany IGER2:40.3253.12 (7)53.50 (=7)53.70 (2)
Harald CzudajTorsten VossSteffen GörmerAlexander Szelig
=910Canada ICAN2:40.3953.14 (10)53.44 (5)53.81 (=8)
Pierre LuedersRicardo GreenidgeJack PycDave MacEachern
=96Austria IAUT2:40.3953.10 (6)53.50 (=7)53.79 (7)
Hubert SchösserPeter LeismüllerErwin ArnoldMartin Schützenauer
1112Canada IICAN2:41.1453.52 (11)53.69 (13)53.93 (=13)
Chris LoriBen HindleMatt HindleIan Danney
1214United States IIUSA2:41.2753.74 (15)53.72 (14)53.81 (=8)
Jim HerberichDarrin SteeleJohn KasperBob Olesen
1317Czech Republic CZE2:41.2953.61 (12)53.80 (16)53.88 (11)
Pavel PuškárPeter KondrátPavel PolomskýJan Kobián
1418Italy IITA2:41.4353.84 (16)53.68 (12)53.91 (12)
Günther HuberAntonio TartagliaMassimiliano RotaMarco Menchini
1515Japan IJPN2:41.5553.73 (14)53.87 (18)53.95 (15)
Naomi TakewakiHiroaki OhishiTakashi OhoriMasanori Inoue
1620Japan IIJPN2:41.9654.02 (19)53.66 (11)54.28 (16)
Toshio WakitaYasuo NakamuraToshiya OnodaShinji Aoto
1719Norway NOR2:42.0753.96 (18)53.78 (15)54.33 (17)
Arnfinn KristiansenJørn Stian DahlPeter KildalDagfinn Aarskog
1816Austria IIAUT2:42.1453.92 (17)53.83 (17)54.39 (18)
Kurt EinbergerThomas BachlerGeorg KuttnerMichael Müller
1911Russian Federation RUS2:42.3853.72 (13)53.95 (19)54.71 (20)
Pavel ShcheglovskyAleksey SeliverstovVladislav PosedkinKonstantin Dyomin
2013Italy IIITA2:43.0254.07 (20)54.09 (20)54.86 (22)
Fabrizio TosiniAndrea Pais de LiberaEnrico CostaSergio Chianella
2130Jamaica JAM2:43.7654.41 (21)54.55 (22)54.80 (21)
Dudley StokesWinston WattsChris StokesWayne Thomas
2226Poland POL2:43.7954.71 (22)54.45 (21)54.63 (19)
Tomasz ŻyłaDawid KupczykKrzysztof SieńkoTomasz Gatka
2324Australia AUS2:44.8854.72 (23)54.93 (24)55.23 (24)
Jason GiobbiScott WalkerTed PolglazeAdam Barclay
2425Hungary HUN2:44.9255.16 (25)54.82 (23)54.94 (23)
Nicholas FranklPéter PallaiZsolt ZsomborBertalan Pintér
2527Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH2:45.6755.26 (26)55.11 (25)55.30 (25)
Zoran SokolovićNihad MameledžijaEdin KrupalijaMario Franjić
2632Chinese Taipei TPE2:45.9555.30 (27)55.13 (26)55.52 (26)
Sun Kuang-MingDuh Maw-ShengChang Mau-SanCheng Jin-Shan
2721Romania ROU2:46.0655.01 (24)55.37 (27)55.68 (27)
Florian EnacheMarian ChițescuIulian PăcioianuMihai Dumitrașcu
2831Monaco MON2:47.1455.58 (28)55.70 (30)55.86 (29)
Albert, Prince GrimaldiPascal CamiaJean-François CalmesGilbert Bessi
2929United States Virgin Islands ISV2:47.1655.80 (30)55.52 (28)55.84 (28)
Keith SudziarskiChristian BrownPaul ZarJeff Kromenhoek
3028Ireland IRL2:47.2355.79 (29)55.57 (29)55.87 (30)
Jeff PamplinSimon LinscheidGarry PowerTerry McHugh
3122Greece GRE2:48.2655.94 (31)56.18 (32)56.14 (31)
Greg SebaldTasos PapakonstantinouPeter KolotourosJohn-Andrew Kambanis
DQ23Puerto Rico PUR[2:49.76]56.45 (32)55.96 (31)[57.35] (DQ)2
Liston BochetteJorge BonnetJosé FerrerJoe Keosseian