February 26, 2016

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries clinched the women's bobsled World Cup title after coming second to Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States in the final race of the season on Friday.

Meyers Taylor and partner Kehri Jones trailed Humphries by 0.03 seconds after the first run but beat the Canadian and her brakeman Melissa Lotholz by the same margin on aggregate time at the end of the second heat. Germany's Anja Schneiderheinze took third, 0.22 seconds behind the winner.

Humphries earned the overall title at 1,720 points. Jamie Greubel Poser of the United States finished sixth in the race and took second place in the season standings with 1,628. Christina Hengster of Austria was third at 1,546.

Meyers Taylor crashed on the same course in January 2015 and missed four races this season with lingering symptoms of the concussion she suffered then. In three of the four races she took part in, the American made the podium.

''This was a super exciting way to end the season,'' Meyers Taylor said. ''To come back and to win on this track, it's a huge monkey lifted off my back.''

''It's a huge deal to come back feeling healthy, and it was harder mentally than I imagined. I just wanted to put together two consistent runs, and I wasn't thinking about winning,'' she said.

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