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Hermann Rallies For 3rd Straight Women's Skeleton Title

Hermann Rallies For 3rd Straight Women's Skeleton Title

A year ago, Tina Hermann became the first woman to win backtoback world skeleton championships.

ALTENBERG, Germany: A year ago, Tina Hermann became the first woman to win back-to-back world skeleton championships.

Shes done one better now.

Hermann has now won three consecutive world titles, rallying in the final heat Friday to beat fellow German slider Jacqueline Loelling for this years crown. Hermann finished four runs over two days in 3 minutes, 52.97 seconds 0.11 seconds ahead of Loelling, who was the leader going into the final run.

Russian sliders Elena Nikitina and Alina Tararychenkova were third and fourth respectively; Tararychenkova was tied for fourth by Germanys Sophia Griebel. Katie Uhlaender of the U.S. was sixth in her final world championships.

I really wanted a top four, Uhlaender said. It was the little things. I was a little loose today, but I gave it my all.

Kendall Wesenberg was 19th for the U.S. and Sara Roderick was 24th in her first trip to the world championships.

Hermann is now the first woman to win four world titles, the last two in comeback fashion. She was 0.56 seconds off the lead after the first run last year before rallying; she was 0.64 seconds off the lead after this years opening run on Thursday. And then she was dominant the rest of the way, throwing down the fastest heat in all three remaining trips down the Altenberg track.

The mens world championships saw a comeback as well, though nowhere near as big of one time-wise as Hermanns rally. Germanys Christopher Grotheer, who was third by 0.06 seconds at the races midway point, rallied to win the title in 3:46.31.

Alexander Tretiakov was second, 0.28 seconds back; Russian sliders like Tretiakov had to compete under a neutral flag because of doping sanctions against Russia. Germanys Alexander Gassner was third, 1.20 seconds off the winning time.

Austin Florian was 15th for the U.S. and Austin McCrary was 29th.

The world championships continue Saturday and Sunday with the women’s monobob and four-man bobsled events.

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first published:February 12, 2021, 21:15 IST