Igls, Austria: Johannes Lochner and Francesco Friedrich gave Germany a 1-2 lead in the two-man bob competition at the world championships after the opening two heats on Saturday.
Junior world champion Lochner and his pushing partner, Joshua Bluhm, finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 43.12 seconds to lead Friedrich and Thorsten Margis by 0.15. Friedrich is the two-time defending world champion, while Lochner took silver last year.
Defending overall World Cup champions Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens, who opened with a track record but dropped to third after the second run, were 0.17 behind. Beat Heft and Alex Baumann of Switzerland, who won the European title last week, were 0.22 back in fourth.
The final two heats are on Sunday.