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Other Winter Sports - 05. February 2011.

Creighton fourth at Cesana Skeleton World Cup as Rudman finishes second in overall 2010/11 World Cup series

Creighton fourth at Cesana Skeleton World Cup as Rudman finishes second in
overall 2010/11 World Cup series

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Britain¹s Donna Creighton equalled the best performance of her career to
date by finishing fourth in the FIBT Skeleton World Cup competition in
Italy, while team-mate Shelley Rudman finished as runner-up in the overall
2010/11 World Cup series.

Both Rudman and Amy Williams joined Creighton in securing top-10 places at
the Cesana track today (Friday), finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

But it was 25-year-old Somerset slider Creighton who rounded off an
impressive campaign the way she started it ­ her fourth place in Cesana
equalled her result at the opening World Cup of the year at the Whistler
track in Canada in November.

³It¹s an exciting result for Donna,² said Andi Schmid, British Skeleton¹s
Performance Director. ³What was really exciting was that she had the fastest
push and the third fastest finishing time on the second run behind Marion
Thees and Anja Huber.

³To have three girls in the top-eight here was the second best team
performance after Germany,² he added.

Rudman had gone into today¹s eighth and final round of the World Cup in
second place in the overall rankings behind Germany¹s Huber, but Rudman was
also battling against the effects of a fever and chest infection that forced
her to miss yesterday¹s final day of training.

Huber followed up his sizzling performances in training to strike gold today
and make sure she won the overall FIBT Skeleton World Cup series, leaving
Rudman having to settle for runners-up spot for the third year in

Rudman had led the challenge for the Brits in the first run of the day, with
the fourth fastest time, while Creighton was eighth and the halfway mark and
Williams, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist, in 11th.

But Rudman couldn¹t match her opening performance on the second run and
slipped three places down the field. Williams, meanwhile, climbed to finish
eighth in only her fourth World Cup race of the season.

Round 8 Skeleton World Cup results - women
Gold:  Anja Huber (GER) ­ 1:56.71
Silver: Marion Thees (GER) ­ 1:56.77
Bronze: Darla Deschamps (CAN) ­ 1:57.07
4th: Donna Creighton (GBR) ­ 1:57.59
7th: Shelley Rudman (GBR) ­ 1:58.07
8th: Amy Williams (GBR) ­ 1:58.33

Final 2010/11 World Cup standings ­ women
1st: Anja Huber (GER) ­ 1710 pts
2nd: Shelley Rudman (GBR) ­ 1642 pts
3rd: Melissa Hollingsworth (CAN) ­ 1516 pts
6th: Donna Creighton (GBR) ­ 1300 pts
17th: Amy Williams (GBR) ­ 616 pts

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