Hermann leads Flock at skeleton worlds after 2 heats

IGLS, Austria (AP) Tina Hermann of Germany held the lead in the women's skeleton world championship after the first two heats on Friday.

Hermann led European champion Janine Flock of Austria by 0.16 seconds as both pre-race favorites surged ahead of the field, with third-place Sophia Griebel of Germany already more than a half-second off the pace.

Overall World Cup leader Hermann, who won gold with Germany in the combined bobsled and skeleton event last Sunday, won the opening run and was fourth-fastest in the second for a combined time of 1 minute, 48.34 seconds.

Her German teammate Griebel, who was fastest in the second run, was 0.53 behind. Anne O'Shea of the United States came another 0.01 further back in fourth.

The final two heats are on Saturday.