Johannes Lochner, left, and Georg Fleischhauer, right, are leading at the halfway stage in the two-man bobsleigh competition in St Moritz ©IBSF

Germany are closing in on more gold-medal joy at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championships in St. Moritz.

Two-man bobsleigh pilot Johannes Lochner and monobob star Laura Nolte lead at the halfway stage in the respective events before tomorrow’s final heats in the Swiss resort.

Lochner, with Georg Fleischhauer, were in second position after posting a first-run time of 1min 5.69sec before producing a superb second run.

The German duo clocked 1:05.22 as they finished 0.32 ahead of compatriots Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schueller.

Switzerland’s Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel got off to a fine start, notching 1:05.62 for pole position only to post 1:05.68 in the second to slip to third in the standings, 0.39 off the lead.

Britain’s Brad Hall and Lawrence Taylor finished 0.48 further back in fourth.

European champion Nolte is on track to clinch women’s monobob gold, finishing the first day with a combined time of 2:22.21.

There was nothing separating Nolte and Kallie Humphries of the United States after the first run before the German went 0.27 quicker in the second.

Germany’s Lisa Buckwitz is 0.49 behind Nolte in third, while Australia’s Breeana Walker and Canada’s Cynthia Appiah are also in the top five at the halfway mark.