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S. Korean women finish well out of contention at bobsleigh World Cup

2017/03/18 17:20

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, March 18 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean women's bobsleigh teams finished well out of contention in the season finale at home on Saturday.

Kim Yoo-ran and Kim Min-seong finished 18th among 20 finalists at 1:45.79 at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup at Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Olympics host lying some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.

The standings were determined after two runs. The Kims ranked 19th in the first run with 53.06 seconds, and improved their time to 52.73 seconds in the next run.

Another South Korean team, Lee Seon-hye and Shin Mi-ran, finished last with 1:46.32.

This was the eighth and the final World Cup of the season.

Kim-Kim and Lee-Shin finished first and second overall this season at the North American Cup, a second-tier IBSF competition.

Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans of the United States won the gold medal with 1:43.65. They had the second-fastest time in the first run at 51.79 seconds, and led everyone with 51.86 seconds in the next race.

South Korean women's bobsleigh team of Kim Yoo-ran and Kim Min-seong make a start during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup at Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on March 18, 2017. (Yonhap) South Korean women's bobsleigh team of Kim Yoo-ran and Kim Min-seong make a start during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup at Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on March 18, 2017. (Yonhap)

They beat fellow Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones by 0.15 second. Meyers Taylor and Jones had a 0.08-second lead over Gruebel Poser and Evans in the first run, but they were only the fifth best in the second run at 52.09 seconds.

Alysia Rissling and Cynthia Appiah of Canada took third place.

Greubel Poser also clinched the overall World Cup title with Saturday's win. She came into PyeongChang trailing Kaillie Humphries of Canada by 27 points at 1,419, and came from behind by earning 225 points here. Humphries only earned 184 points by finishing fifth on Saturday with her brakeman Melissa Lotholz.

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