Lizzy Yarnold close to European medal during snowy World Cup in Winterberg

15 January 2017

Lizzy Yarnold narrowly missed out on a European Championships medal during a snowy World Cup weekend in Winterberg, Germany, for athletes from the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA).

Reigning Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold was fourth in the European standings and sixth overall in the latest World Cup event, which was limited to just one run down the track instead of two due to intermittent heavy snow. Team-mate Laura Deas was eighth overall, putting her sixth in the European rankings.

Sliders were able to complete both runs in the men’s competition, with University of Bath Mechanical Engineering PhD student Dom Parsons placing eighth and Jack Thomas tenth in the European rankings after finishing 12th and 16th respectively.

Montell Douglas returned a top-ten finish on her first outing as a GB Bobsleigh athlete on Friday afternoon.

The former British record holder over 100m made her maiden appearance since switching sports in the summer as she pushed Mica McNeill to tenth place in the World Cup event in Winterberg, putting them seventh in the European Championships.

Bruce Tasker and Toby Olubi were 12th overall in the men’s two-man race, tenth in the European standings, but Lamin Deen and Samuel Blanchet missed out on a second run and had to settle for 24th place overall.

Dean, Olubi, Joel Fearon and Ben Simons were 12th overall in the four-man competition, putting them ninth in Europe, while Oli Biddulph, Tremayne Gilling, Mark Lewis-Francis and Gregory Cackett were 20th overall.

The World Cup action now moves to St Moritz.

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