Rudman leads Pikus-Pace at midway point of worlds

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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) -- Britain's Shelley Rudman has a commanding lead at the midway point of the women's skeleton world championships, leading Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States by a full second after Thursday's first two runs of the competition.

Rudman finished two trips down the St. Moritz track in 2 minutes, 19.03 seconds. Pikus-Pace's time was 2:20.03, and Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold is another 0.15 seconds back in third.

Australia's Michelle Steele (2:20.40), Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth (2:20.44) and Canada's Sarah Reid (2:20.50) round out the top six. Defending world champion Katie Uhlaender of the U.S. is in seventh, 1.55 seconds off the lead.

Rudman has finished fourth at each of the past two world championships. The competition concludes Friday.