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Other Winter Sports - 26. February 2011.

Rudman just misses Skeleton World Championship medal finishing fourth

Britain¹s Shelley Rudman just missed out on the medals at the Skeleton World
Championships at the Konigssee track in Germany today (Saturday).

The 2006 Olympic Winter Games silver medallist ended the competition in
fourth place as German sliders took gold and silver.

Rudman had clawed her way up from sixth overnight to fourth place in her
first run of the day and her third of the competition, but was still 0.39
seconds off Canada¹s Mellisa Hollingsworth in the bronze medal position.

Rudman, who has already finished second in the 2010/11 World Cup series and
won the European Championship, threw down the gauntlet with her fastest run
yet on the final run, clocking a time of 52.22.

Both of her two runs on today were only bettered by gold medal winner Marion
Thees, but she had left herself with a little too much to do to reach the
podium.

Gold went to Thees of Germany, with team-mate Anja Huber taking silver and
Canada¹s Hollingsworth taking bronze.
 
Andi Schmid, British Skeleton performance director, said: ³It was a bit of a
copy of the last Olympics for Shelley when the first run killed her. She had
a disappointing first run yesterday, but then she was just incredible. She
couldn¹t have done much more today.

³It was a great performance today, she was second in both runs and was
faster than Anja Huber on her home track, but she just left it a bit too
late.²

Team-mate Donna Creighton, who earlier this season ended her first campaign
on the World Cup circuit by finishing sixth, came 13th overall at the World
Championships. She continued to produce some of the best starts of the
championships but dropped down a place on her overnight position of 12th.

³Her push times were great, but she needs to improve the consistency of her
sliding, then it will come. Like Shelley, Donna has had a great season,²
said Schmid.

Women¹s World Championships final standings
Gold: Marion Thees (GER) ­  3:28.51
Silver: Anja Huber (GER) ­  3:29.39 (+0.88)
Bronze: Mellissa Hollingsworth (CAN) ­ 3:29.74 (+1.23)
4th: Shelley Rudman (GBR) ­ 3:30.05 (+1.54)
13th: Donna Creighton (GBR) ­ 3:33.29 (+4.78)
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