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Germany's Jamanka wins, Meyers Taylor 2nd for US in bobsled

22   //    12 Jan 2019, 23:41 IST
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek to win a World Cup women's bobsled race Saturday, their third victory in four starts this season.

Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were second, their best finish of the season and the top World Cup finish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bobsled and Skeleton sled. Germany took third in the sled driven by Stephanie Schneider and pushed by Ann-Christin Strack.

Jamanka posted the fastest time in both heats. Meyers Taylor and Kwaza got their third medal of the season, with the first two being bronze. Also for the U.S., Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs finished 14th.

Later Saturday, Germany's Francesco Friedrich drove to a gold in the two-man race. His sled was pushed by Martin Grothkopp.

It was the 11th win in as many World Cup bobsled races this season for Germany, and Friedrich is now 4 for 4 in two-man events.

Canada's Justin Kripps and Cameron Stones won the silver, and Germany's Johannes Lochner and Christian Rasp won the bronze. The top U.S. sled was piloted by Codie Bascue, who was 16th, two spots ahead of teammate Justin Olsen.