Double medal win at Junior Worlds

Double medal win at Junior Worlds

British Skeleton’s hugely successful season continued with a double medal haul in the Junior World Championships on Friday.

Tabby Stoecker and Freya Tarbit won silver and bronze respectively to take the team’s tally to 23 with half the sliding season still remaining.

Only reigning Olympic Champion Hannah Neise finished ahead of the British pair as they clocked combined times of 1 minute 56.13 seconds and 1.56.24 in their second appearance at the U23 event.

It marks the first time the country has had two athletes on the podium at a Junior World Championships, with Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas previously going closest when they finished second and fourth in Igls in 2012, six years before they won Olympic gold and bronze in PyeongChang.

Stoecker, who also won silver at this event in Igls 12 months ago, produced the fastest start in each heat, with Tarbit second quickest off the top first time around and fourth fastest in the final run.

Having won gold, two slivers and a bronze in her four Europa Cup races so far this season, Tarbit sat a spot ahead of her team-mate after Run 1 but Stoecker was quicker at the second time of asking and they swapped places at the finish.

Hallie Clarke, a silver medalist at the World Cup race in Whistler in November, finished fourth, two tenths of a second behind Tarbit, with Germany’s Hannah Staub fifth and Italy’s 2020 and 2021 World Cup regular Alessia Crippa in sixth.

The results cap a great week for Derby-born Tarbit and Londoner Stoecker after the 22-year-olds placed seventh and 12th respectively on their World Cup debuts at the same track seven days ago.