Germany sweeps medals in pair of World Cup bobsled races

              The team from Germany with Stephanie Schneider and Kira Lipperheide in the ice channel to win the women's bon world cup in Winterberg, Germany, Saturday, Jan.4, 2019. (Caroline Seidel/dpa via AP)

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Host Germany dominated the fields in a pair of World Cup bobsled races on Saturday, sweeping all six medals up for grabs in women’s and four-man competitions.

Germany’s Stephanie Schneider drove to the win in the women’s race in 1 minute, 55.46 seconds. Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka was second in 1:55.50 and Laura Nolte third in 1:55.59.

The top non-German finisher in the women’s race was Kaillie Humphries of the U.S., who was fourth in 1:55.90. And that was good enough for Humphries to keep her spot atop the World Cup women’s standings after three races this season.

In the four-man race, Johannes Lochner rallied in the second heat to prevail in 1:50.54 — leading his country’s sweep and extending its dominance at Winterberg. Germany has won 24 of a possible 27 medals in the last nine four-man races held at Winterberg.

Francesco Friedrich was second in 1:50.56 and Nico Walther was third in 1:50.76. The U.S. sled driven by Hunter Church was eighth in 1:51.27.