German women first, second in bobsled world championship

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Germany took first and second in the women’s bobsled world championship Saturday, while Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. claimed bronze for her seventh medal in the event.

Kim Kalicki and Leonie Fiebig finished their four runs over the two-day event in 4 minutes, 32.86 seconds. They were just 0.05 seconds ahead of German teammates Lisa Buckwitz and Kira Lipperheide.

Humphries and Kaysha Love got third in 4:33.37.

Toronto's Cynthia Appiah and Niam Haughey posted the fourth-fastest time in their final run to move up to eighth.

“Team Canada as a whole needs to begin developing our own sleds," Appiah said. "We can’t rely on stock sleds anymore.

"We are fighting a losing battle against nations that have huge teams of engineers who invest thousands of dollars to get the best and fastest sleds possible."

The world championship concludes Sunday with the final two runs of the four-man competition.

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich finished his first two runs Saturday in 2:09.83, putting him ahead of Britain’s Brad Hall (2:10.03) and Latvia’s Emila Cipulis (2:10.41) going into Sunday.

Canadian pilot Austin Taylor of Calgary ranked 13th after two runs.


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