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Canadians miss podium at World Cup bobsled race in Austria

The Canadian Press

1/19/2014 2:15:16 PM

IGLS, Austria -- Jamie Greubel and Lauryn Williams of the United States won a women's World Cup race Sunday, the first gold medal for each this season.

Greubel's first gold as a pilot came with a two-run time of 1 minute, 46.28 seconds. For Williams, an Olympic track gold medallist in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 Summer Games, it was her first gold as a push athlete and likely enhanced her bid to qualify for next month's Sochi Games.

The U.S. also took the silver medal, with Elana Meyers and Aja Evans finishing 0.13 seconds back. Anja Schneiderheinze and Stephanie Schneider of Germany were third, 0.14 seconds behind Greubel and Williams.

Calgary's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., placed fourth in 1:46.73. It was just the third time in the last 18 World Cup events Humphries missed the podium.

In the four-man race later Sunday, Latvian pilot Oskars Melbardis won for the second straight weekend, beating the top U.S. sled of Steven Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt by 0.11 seconds.

Melbardis finished in 1:42.22. The German sled driven by Thomas Florschuetz was third, 0.21 seconds off the winning time.

Canada's team of Calgary's Chris Spring, Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., Ottawa's Cody Sorensen, and Saskatoon's Ben Coakwell posted a time of 1:42.60 to finish fifth.