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German Four-Man Bobsled Team Tops Americans - 2001-12-09

Germany's four-man bobsled, driven by Andre Lange has defeated World Cup leader Todd Hays of the United States at a competition in Igls, Austria.

The German sled of Lange, Enrico Kuehn, Kevin Kuske and Carsten Embach finished in one minute, 43.63 seconds, just three-100ths of one second ahead of Hays and his team of Randy Jones, Paul Jovanovic and Garrett Hines.

The Switzerland-one sled finished third. Hays leads the overall World Cup standings with 135 points, just six points ahead of Lange. Martin Annen of Switzerland is in third place overall, 12 points behind the American.

Meanwhile, German sliders, led by Silke Kraushaar, have captured all the podium spots in two World Cup luge events in Koenigssee, Germany.

Kraushaar won the women's singles event by finishing with a two-run time of one minute, 32.053 seconds, just 33-100ths of one second ahead of countrywoman Sylke Otto. Barbara Niedernhuber of Germany finished third more than seven-10ths of a second back. American Becky Wilczak finished fourth.

Meanwhile in the men's doubles, Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch won with a combined time of one minute, 31.49 seconds. Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich of Germany finished second, nearly 23-100ths of one second back. Steffen Skel and Steffen Woeller of Germany were third more than 28-100ths of one second behind their countrymen.

Leitner and Resch lead the overall World Cup standings with 200 points.