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Mike Groll, Associated Press
USA's Nick Cunningham pilots with brakeman Dallas Robinson as they compete in the second heat in the men's two-man bobsled world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Lyndon Rush of Canada is the leader halfway through the two-man competition at the World Bobsled Championships.

Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden laid down a combined time of 1 minute, 51.59 seconds on their two runs down the 20-turn track at Mount Van Hoevenberg. They were just 0.12 seconds ahead of Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton of the United States.

Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske of Germany were in third, 0.21 seconds behind the leaders.

John Napier and Christopher Fogt of the United States were seventh in USA-2, while teammates Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson were 10th in USA-3.