Olympic champion Humphries wins at bobsled worlds

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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 11:05 AM

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — World bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada defended her title Saturday, extending an overnight lead in the final two runs. Elana Meyers of the United States took silver.

Humphries, the Olympic champion, and brakewoman Chelsea Valois were 0.68 seconds faster than Meyers and Katie Eberling, who had been third after the first two runs Friday.

The Americans had a 0.02 edge over German bronze medalists Sandra Kiriasis, the 2006 Olympic champion, and Franziska Bertels.

Kiriasis reached the fastest speed of the competition (90 mph), but superior driving by Humphries won gold in a combined four-run time of 4 minutes, 30.31 seconds.

Earlier, junior world champion Francesco Friedrich of Germany led the two-man competition. Defending champion Steven Holcomb of the U.S. is third.

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