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Other Winter Sports - 25. February 2011.

Shelley Rudman sixth at the Skeleton World Champs halfway mark

Britain¹s Shelley Rudman and Donna Creighton are in sixth and 12th
respectively at the halfway mark of the women¹s competition at the Skeleton
World Championships in Germany.

Rudman, silver medallist at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, went to the
championships ranked number two in the world but was only ninth after her
first run today, clocking a time of 53.14 seconds. She laid down a 52.45 on
the second run to climb to sixth place at the halfway mark.

Creighton, ranked sixth in the world, also made progress up the field. She
was 14th after her first run with a time of 53.48, a run that began with the
quickest start of the day.  She climbed a couple of places to 12th at the
halfway mark with a second run of 53.20.

With the German pairing of Marion Thees and Anja Huber in impressive form to
occupy the top two places at the halfway mark, Andi Schmid, British Skeleton
performance director, said it could be difficult for Rudman to propel her
way into contention for the medal tomorrow (Saturday).

³Shelley¹s first run today wasn¹t her best,² he said. ³It¹s going to be
really difficult for her to get a medal from here, but she¹s got another two
runs tomorrow, so let¹s see what happens.

³Donna made too many little mistakes at the bottom of the track, but she
gets another chance tomorrow,² he added.  ³For us this season has been all
about taking finding the right athletes and team for the next three years.²

The women¹s competition concludes tomorrow (Saturday)


Women¹s World Championships standings (after two of four rounds)
1: Marion Thees (GER) ­ 1:44.43
2: Anja Huber (GER) ­ 1:44.58 (+0.15)
3: Mellissa Hollingsworth (CAN) ­ 1:44.98  (+0.55)
6: Shelley Rudman (GBR) ­ 1:49.59 (+1.16)
12: Donna Creighton (GBR) ­ 1:46.68 (+2.25)
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