Arturs Klots is the halfway leader at the World Championships ©IBSF/Viesturs Lacis

Arturs Klots is halfway towards a successful title defence at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Para-Sport World Championships in Lillehammer.

The Latvian produced the fastest times across both runs so far at the Olympic Sliding Centre as he seeks to repeat his 2017 victory in a sport due to make its debut in the Winter Paralympic Games at Beijing 2022. 

He clocked 57.46sec in the opening run before a 58.05 second.

Two more runs are scheduled for tomorrow.

Klots currently holds a lead of 0.24 seconds over Canada's Lonnie Bissonnette.

Bissonnette, the first ever Para Bobsleigh world champion in 2016, managed a combined time of 1min 55.75sec after finishing second in both runs today.

Guro Konstanse Frønsdal lies third at halfway ©IBSF/Viesturs Lacis
Guro Konstanse Frønsdal lies third at halfway ©IBSF/Viesturs Lacis

Guro Konstanse Frønsdal of Norway finished fourth in the first run but then climbed to third overall after a stronger second on home ice.

She is currently 0.92 seconds behind the leader on 1:56.43.

Latvia's Alvils Brants is 0.20 seconds further back in fourth.

So far a women has never won a World Championship medal before in the mixed entry format.

Great Britain's World Cup winner Corie Mapp lies only seventh at halfway on 1:56.98.