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Yarnold beats Pikus-Pace for World Cup skeleton victory

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WINTERBERG, Germany (AP)

Britain's Lizzie Yarnold outdueled Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States in the second run to win a World Cup skeleton race on Saturday, extending her lead in the series standings.

Yarnold's two-run time was 1 minute, 57.53 seconds. Pikus-Pace was 0.57 seconds back for silver, after being tied for the lead after one run.

Canada's Sarah Reid was third, another 0.39 seconds back.

Yarnold had a 5.34-second start to begin her second run, 0.22 seconds faster than Pikus-Pace, and rode that momentum the rest of the way.

The other American in the field, Annie O'Shea, placed 16th.

Yarnold has 1,085 standings points, 225 more than Pikus-Pace -- who lost exactly that many points when she was disqualified after finishing first in the season's opening race at Calgary.

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