American pair tie for first in two-man bobsled

Updated: February 10, 2007, 2:34 PM ET
Associated Press

CESANA, Italy -- Steven Holcomb of the United States and Ivo Rueegg of Switzerland tied for first place in a two-man bobsled World Cup race Saturday.

Holcomb and teammate Curtis Tomasevicz finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 53.43 seconds, matching the time of Rueegg and brakeman Cedric Grand. Austria's Wolfgang Stampfer and Gerhard Koehler were third, 0.14 behind the leaders.

Olympic and world champion Andre Lange of Germany had the fastest time in the first heat in 56.14 seconds, but he was disqualified for having a sled that was a pound under the minimum weight of 375 pounds.

Holcomb leads the two-man World Cup standings with 540 points, 40 more than Pierre Lueders of Canada, who finished fourth Saturday. Rueegg is third in the standings with 383 points, followed by Lange with 365.

In the women's event, Germany's Sandra Kiriasis won her third straight race to move into a tie for first place in the World Cup standings.

Kiriasis and brakeman Anja Schneiderheinze-Stoeckel had a combined time of 1:56.01 -- 0.30 seconds ahead of American pair Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming.

Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer of Germany were third, 0.90 behind Kiriasis.

Kiriasis, Rohbock and Martini are tied for the World Cup lead with 530 points.

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