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Rudman wins World Cup silver
Shelley Rudman, Britain’s Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games bob skeleton silver medallist, today (Friday) collected the second medal of her 2008/9 World Cup campaign by taking silver at Konigssee in Germany.
The 27-year-old, in her first full season after the birth of her daughter, followed up her gold medal in the last round at Igls in Austria with runners-up spot at the German track. It means she climbs to second in the overall rankings at the halfway mark of the World Cup season.
She is one of two British women in the top three of the overall World Cup rankings – team-mate Amy Williams is just behind her in third place. Williams continued a consistent season by finishing fourth in Konigssee. Her World Cup track record has seen her finish sixth, sixth, forth and fourth this season.
Rudman went into the second of two runs today in fifth place, one spot behind Williams. Rudman produced the fastest run of the day on her second run to head the field. Germany’s Anja Huber had been second after the first run, and produced another quick second run to go the top of the leaderboard 0.24 seconds faster than Rudman over two runs.
Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany had posted the fastest first run, but suffered a hamstring injury in the process and was unable to compete in the second heat. That gave Huber her third World Cup victory of the season and ensured Rudman claimed her second World Cup medal of the season.
Andy Schmid, GB performance director, said: “It was a very positive day for the girls – a great result for both of them.
“Shelley’s second run was incredible – she produced the best time, “ he added. “Amy made one mistake, otherwise we would have had two British girls on the podium. She is getting closer and closer. It’s brilliant to have two British girls in the top three overall.”
Britain’s men didn’t fare as well in their races today. Ant Sawyer came 12th with Kristan Bromley 13th. Andy Wood, competing in his first World Cup event of the year, didn’t make the top 20 on the first run after dropping time when he hit a wall, so he didn’t qualify to take part in the second heat. He was 24th.
The British Bob Skeleton Association is based at the University of Bath.
The action now moves to the St Moritz track in Switzerland, which doubles up as the European Championships.
Women’s bob skeleton World Cup results – round 4 Konigssee
Gold: Anja Huber (GER) 1:38.85
Silver: SHELLEY RUDMAN (GBR) 1:39.09
Bronze: Marion Trott (GER) 1:39.20
4th: AMY WILLIAMS (GBR) 1:39.32
World Cup standings after four rounds
1st: Anja Huber (GER) 811 points
2nd: SHELLEY RUDMAN (GBR) 747 points
3rd: AMY WILLIAMS (GBR) 736 points