Germany's Kiriasis, Bertels win European bobsled

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

IGLS, Austria (AP) — German bobsledder Sandra Kiriasis won her first World Cup in almost two years on Friday, earning the European title.

Kiriasis and pusher Franziska Bertels finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 48.65 seconds to edge world and Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada by 0.01.

Humphries, who teamed up with pusher Chelsea Valois, lost her first-run lead after some mistakes in her final run. Jazmine Fenlator and Aja Evans of the United States were 0.05 back in third.

Humphries won six of eight World Cups this season and leads the standings with 1,760 points, followed by Kiriasis with 1,573.

The bobsled World Cup at the 1976 Olympic track in Igls, Austria, features a two-man competition on Saturday.

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