Deas bags bronze in Placid
Laura Deas claimed bronze for Great Britain at the first World Cup skeleton race of 2016 in Lake Placid, USA on Friday afternoon.
Deas, who won the season opener in Altenberg in late November and was third in the IBSF World Rankings at the end of 2015, finished in 1 minute 50.59 seconds in New York state.
The 27-year-old shared the lead at the end of the first run after clocking a time of 55.16 seconds but she was pipped to gold by Annie O’Shea on the American’s home track.
Switzerland’s Marina Gilardoni broke the track’s start record to seal silver, with Germany’s overall World Cup leader Tina Hermann finishing fourth in the first event outside her homeland this season.
The results see Deas stay third in the World Rankings but she is now just 19 points behind second-placed Jacqueline Loelling after the German finished eighth, nearly a full second back from her British rival.
There was also plenty to smile about for GB’s Donna Creighton as she secured her first top 10 placing of the season with a strong showing that saw her sit fourth after the end of the first heat. Creighton jumps up to 12th in the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Standings after clocking runs of 55.50 and 56.10, with only four other athletes - including all three medalists - faster than her at the top of the track.
The men’s skeleton takes place at 7pm GMT on Saturday, with Dom Parsons going for Great Britain, before the athletes move on to Park City in Utah for Race 5 next week.
Elsewhere today, David Swift finished sixth in the Intercontinental Cup race in Igls, Austria, with Kenny Howard eighth and Jerry Rice 19th. Ashleigh Pittaway's second race on the senior women's circuit saw her come 15th at the same venue as she continues her progress following four successive golds in the youth competition.
Today's ICC sliding was the second race in two days after Swift placed sixth, Howard 10th, Rice 17th and Pittaway 16th on Thursday morning at the same track.
Women’s World Cup Skeleton, Lake Placid, USA
1 A O’Shea (USA) 1m 50.34s (55.26 & 55.08); 2 M Gilardoni (SUI) 1-50.43 (55.16 & 55.27); 3 L Deas (GB) 1-50.59 (55.16 & 55.43); 10 D Creighton (GB) 1-51.60 (55.50 & 56.10)
World Cup Standings
1 Hermann 852pts; 2 Loelling 780; Deas 761; 12 Creighton 496
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