Wyatt stays top ten

Wyatt stays top ten

Marcus Wyatt maintained his place in the top ten of the skeleton world rankings after finishing 13th in the sixth race of the world Cup season earlier this afternoon.

Wyatt, who is in just his second full season of top tier sliding, clocked a combined time of 1 minute 41.47 seconds in Konigssee, Germany, to stay ninth in the overall standings.

The 28-year-old produced the second quickest start time in Run 1 (4.61 seconds) and the joint fourth fastest in Run 2 (4.64) but was unable to maintain that speed on a track where he had raced just three times previously.

Wyatt, who just missed a medal in Igls last week, has now placed tenth, eighth, eighth, 14th, fourth and 13th in his six World Cup appearances so far this term, having started the season with successive gold and silver medals on the Intercontinental Cup circuit. 

Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov moved to the top of the world rankings with his third World Cup win of the season as he pipped Olympic Champion Sungbin Yun of South Korea to gold. Germany’s Felix Keisinger produced the fastest run of the day on his home track to jump from 12th place after Run 1 to take bronze after Run 2. 

In the women’s race, Madelaine Smith and Laura Deas finished 16th and 17th respectively as World Champion Tina Hermann won gold on home ice.

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Madelaine Smith finished 16th in Konigssee

Smith sat 14th and Deas 15th at the halfway mark but both Brits dropped two spots in Run 2 to Australia’s Jaclyn Narracot and Canada’s Jane Channell. 

Having been six hundredths adrift of Smith after the first run, Olympic bronze medallist Deas went five hundredths quicker than her in Run 2 to fall just shy of overtaking her team mate.

Smith clocked an overall time of 1 minute 44.79 seconds (52.43 & 52.36), with Deas recording a combined time of 1 minute 44.80 seconds (52.49 & 52.31), as they finished half a second outside the top ten.

Hermann’s compatriot, Jacqueline Loelling, took sliver and Russia’s Elena Nikitina bronze, with Loelling extending her lead from Janine Flock at the top of the rankings after the Austrian could only finish fifth.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is St Moritz a week today.