Weston starts 2023 with another medal

Weston starts 2023 with another medal

British Skeleton started 2023 in the same way they ended 2022 - with another World Cup medal.

Matt Weston won bronze in Winterberg on Friday lunchtime, taking the team’s tally to seven World Cup medals so far this season.

Weston won gold in Lake Placid in the final race before Christmas and bronze in the season opener in Whistler and his strong form continued as he clocked a combined time of 1 minute 54.72 seconds in Germany.

Team-mate Marcus Wyatt, who won gold in Whistler and bronze in Park City, finished fourth.

"Another medal is definitely a good way to start the new year," said Weston.

I wanted to keep the momentum going from the win in Lake Placid and it feels like I’ve done that.

"It wasn’t a perfect race but I’m pleased I made an improvement in the second run and I feel like we move on to Altenberg in a good place. 

"It was a shame to miss silver by so little but it’s another good day for the team with Marcus just behind in fourth and Craig back in the top 10."

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Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt both made the wider podium

Weston and Wyatt sat seventh and eighth respectively after their first runs but both climbed the leader board dramatically in Run 2.

Reigning Olympic and World Champion Christopher Grotheer took gold in a time of 1 minute 54.32, with German compatriot and Olympic silver medalist Axel Jungk pipping Weston to silver by just one hundredth of a second.

Fellow Brit Craig Thompson was 11th in his first World Cup outing of the season. Thompson just missed out on a place at the Olympic Winter Games last year and had started the new season on the Intercontinental Cup circuit, winning a trio of bronze medals and a silver in his six races so far.

Wyatt sits second in the overall World Cup rankings at the halfway mark of the eight-race season, having placed first, third and fourth (twice) in four races. Weston isn’t far behind in fifth, with his one outlier of a result - when he popped a spur at the very start of the race in Park City and finished 18th as a result - spoiling an otherwise equally impressive record of first and third (twice).