Meyers Taylor wins in Winterberg as Humphries retains World Cup lead

Meyers Taylor wins in Winterberg as Humphries retains World Cup lead
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2017 at 16:50Updated 13/01/2017 at 17:09

Elana Meyers Taylor piloted her bob to a first World Cup win of the season in Winterberg as Kaillie Humphries retained the overall series lead.

USA's Meyers Taylor and her brakewoman, Kehri Jones, were third fastest after the first heat – stopping the clock in 57.30 seconds – but topped the standings in the second run after recording a time of 57.13, good enough to win by just 0.07s.

Germany's Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek finished second after topping the time sheets after the first run, with their effort of 57.24s, before going 0.02s slower in their final run.

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Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans, also of USA, occupied the final step on the podium after finishing 0.24s behind their compatriots, with times of 57.29s and 57.38s.

World Cup leaders Humphries and Cynthia Appiah – who already have two wins to their name this season – finished fifth, 0.92s behind Meyers Taylor and Jones, but still did enough to hold on to their place atop the overall standings.

The Canadians have now racked up 834 points from the four rounds so far, with Greubel Poser and Evans in second on 809, while Austria's Christina Hengster and Jennifer Onasanya are third with 762 points.

As a result of the win, Meyers Taylor and Jones jumped up the leaderboard and are now sixth, with 645 points, just 35 behind fourth place. The World Cup continues in St Moritz, in a week's time.