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Canada's Kaillie Humphries leads at bobsleigh worlds

World champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada held a slim lead midway through her defence of the women's bobsled title Friday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Defending champion in front after 2 runs

Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois of Canada compete during the first heat of the bobsleigh and skeleton world championship Friday in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

World champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada held a slim lead midway through her defence of the women's bobsled title Friday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Olympic champion and her brakewoman Chelsea Valois had a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.06 seconds for the first two of four runs, 0.12 seconds faster than Germany's Anja Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene.

Schneiderheinze piloted her bob to the fastest speed of the day, 142.75 kph (88.7 mph), to close the gap in the second run.

Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of the United States placed third, with 0.18 to make up in two more runs scheduled Saturday on the Olympia course. Meyers won the bronze last year.

The two-man bobsled competition also begins Saturday.