Jamie Greubel Poser finishes second, Anna Köhler takes third for first podium finish
Altenberg (RWH): Bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries of Canada has won the sixth race in the 2017/2018 BMW IBSF World Cup season in Altenberg (GER). Repeating her success of the past two years, the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion was unbeatable on Altenberg ice track. After setting a new track record (56.22 seconds) on her first run, she went on to secure her third win out of six races.
After the race’s two heats, Kaillie Humphries and her brakewoman Phylicia George led the US pairing of defending World Cup holder Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans by 0.69 seconds. Anna Köhler of Germany and her brakewoman Annika Drazek (0.90 seconds back) finished in third, which saw Köhler make it onto the podium for the first time in her career of six World Cup races.
Ahead of the start of the Winter Games in PyeongChang in five weeks’ time, several teams celebrated their best result of the Olympic season in Altenberg, including Christina Hengster/Jennifer Onasanya (AUT) in fourth, Elfje Willemsen/Sara Aerts (BEL) in sixth and Switzerland's Sabina Hafner/Rahel Rebsamen in seventh.
Overall, athletes from seven different countries finished in the top ten.
Kaillie Humphries (CAN, 1,269 points) has now extended her lead in the overall standings for the 2017/2018 BMW IBSF World Cup. Jamie Greubel Poser (USA, 1,189), the overall winner in 2017, is second ahead of Elana Meyers Taylor (USA, 1,166). The World Champion set a new start record (5.54 seconds) in Altenberg and finished eleventh after nearly crashing in first heat.
For more detailed information including Results of World Cup and the current IBSF Ranking please visit ibsf.org. ©RWH2018
Photo: IBSF/Viesturs Lacis
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