Cynthia Appiah slides to World Cup monobob bronze in Germany

Canada’s Cynthia Appiah raced to a bronze medal on Saturday in the women’s monobob event at a World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany.

The Toronto native had a impressive first run of 58.80 seconds to go first overall, securing her spot in the podium with a 59.67 second run.

Appiah’s overall time of 1:58.86 was enough to edge Lisa Buckwitz of Germany by 0.06 seconds.

Canadian-born Kaillie Humphries took first place with a combined time of 1:57.92. The American was second after the first run (58.95) before adding the fastest second run of the day (58.97) for her second World Cup victory of the season in the event and the 100th women’s monobob podium of her career in major international competition.

WATCH l Appiah slides to monobob bronze in Altenberg:

Toronto’s Cynthia Appiah captures bronze in World Cup monobob

The 32-year-old clocked in with a final time of 1:58.86 to place third in the women’s monobob competition during the IBSF World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany.

Humphries has won 70 medals in two-woman races in her career; 60 in World Cups, seven at the world championships and three at the Olympics. She’s won another 11 medals in monobob events — including Olympic gold at Beijing last year — plus 10 more on the North American Cup circuit and nine medals in team competitions.

Laura Nolte put host Germany in the podium by finishing second with a combined time of 1:58.47. Humphries’s winning margin of 0.55 seconds was the largest in a World Cup monobob race this season.

Humphries got 225 standings points for the win, 15 more than Nolte got for finishing second. That gave Humphries 1,070 points on the season, 50 more than Nolte in the race for the overall title with three races remaining on the World Cup schedule.

Humphries was 0.15 seconds behind Nolte after the first heat. But her second-heat time of 58.97 beat Nolte by seven-tenths of a second, a huge margin in a sliding sport.

Winnipeg’s Bianca Ribi was ninth. The 26-year-old posted runs of 59.88 and 1:00.25 for a overall time of 2:00.13.

WATCH | Full coverage of 2nd and final heat from Germany:

IBSF World Cup Altenberg: Women’s heat 2

Watch the second and final heat of the women’s monobob competition from the IBSF World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany.

In two-man bobsleigh, Calgary’s Taylor Austin and Shaq Lawrence-Murray of Scarborough, Ont., were ninth of 12 teams in a time of 1:51.64.

Last weekend in Winterberg, Germany, they stopped the clock in 1:52.66 for 11th.

Germany’s Johannes Lochner drove to the win in 1:49.20. Britain’s Brad Hall was second in 1:49.63, and Germany’s Francesco Friedrich drove to third in 1:50.26.

Lochner, Hall and Friedrich all have four medals apiece from the five two-man races so far this season. Lochner leads the two-man standings with 1,067 points, now 31 clear of Friedrich — the margin was just six entering Saturday — and 53 ahead of Hall.

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