Successive sevenths for Wyatt

Successive sevenths for Wyatt

Marcus Wyatt again led the way for British Skeleton on Saturday as he finished seventh in Lake Placid.

Wyatt, who is in his first full season of World Cup competition, missed a wider podium place by a single spot as he continued his fine run of form.

The 27-year-old clocked a combined time of 1 minute 48.33 seconds, with his second run effort of 54.11 the sixth quickest as he jumped up from 10th place at halfway.

Wyatt was among the quickest starters, particularly second time around, as he made it five top-10 finishes in his last five World Cup races.

He has now placed sixth, seventh and seventh and his last three outings and heads to Calgary for the final two World Cup races in sixth position in the World Cup rankings.

Fellow Brit Craig Thompson placed a creditable 16th on his first-ever World Cup outing as he marked the step up from Intercontinental Cup competition with an assured showing in the United States.

Thompson was the 15th quickest in each run, with his typically fast starts setting a solid platform for the 26-year-old former footballer. Thompson was fourth fastest off the top in Run 1 in 4.82 seconds and fifth quickest second time around in 4.84.

Fellow Brit Jerry Rice finished a place below his team-mate Thompson in 17th in a time of 1 minute 49.90 seconds.

Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov took gold, with Martins Dukurs claiming silver ahead of Olympic gold medallist Sungbin Yun.