Kaillie Humphries/Lauren Gibbs (USA) are leading halfway through proceedings in 2-woman bobsleigh at the 2020 BMW IBSF World Championships. Humphries, the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion, recorded the best time in both heats on day 1 along with her brakewoman Lauren Gibbs. If Humphries is able to keep her lead through the last two heats, it would be her first world championship as an American slider. She switched nationalities from Canadian to American in the off season, after calling out a toxic culture at Bobsleigh Canada. Her and Gibbs are currently 0.21 seconds ahead of Junior World Champion Kim Kalicki and her brakewoman Kira Lipperheide.
Kalicki/Lipperheide are best placed German pair after day 1 in Altenberg. A pair of quick runs gave Kalicki/Lipperheide that distinction, after overall world cup leader Stephanie Schneider (GER), racing with Leonie Fiebig as her brakewoman, faltered in the second run. An abysmal performance saw Schneider/Fiebig go from 0.03 seconds back after the first run, to 0.54 seconds back after the second run. The pair were able to maintain a spot on the podium though, so not all was lost on the day. Schneider/Fiebig will look to move from third to first tomorrow in their quest for a world championship title.
The Olympic Champion and current defending World Champion, Mariama Jamanka (GER), managed to move up from seventh to fourth during heat two. She was aided by brakewoman Annika Drazek (GER), who also has two world championship titles to her name.
The European Champions Nadezhda Sergeeva/Elena Mamedova (RUS) will start the second day of World Championship action in seventh place. Any chance of a medal may be out of their reach now that they sit 1.09 seconds behind Humphries/Gibbs.
Runs three and four of the 2019 World Championships will take place at 15:30 and 17:00 local time on Saturday. You can watch the races on the IBSF’s YouTube channel, or on your television via your national broadcaster. To look at a detailed version of results visit www.ibsf.org. Totallympics Media will continue it’s coverage of the 2019 IBSF Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships tomorrow.