Four top-eight finishes provide an impressive start to 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season for British Skeleton athletes

20 November 2020

British Skeleton athletes who train at the University of Bath made an impressive start to the 2020-21 IBSF World Cup season as they recorded four top-eight finishes in Sigulda, Latvia on Friday.

Olympic medallist Laura Deas recorded her best finish since February 2019 as she placed sixth in the women’s race, securing a wider podium place with a combined time of 1:45.52 from her two runs.

2016 Youth Olympic Champion Ashleigh Pittaway was 12th in 1:46.46 seconds and fellow Brit Amelia Coltman finished 14th on her World Cup debut, 25-hundredths further back.

The afternoon saw the British men in fantastic form as Matt Weston finished fifth on only his second World Cup outing, his combined time of 1:41.44 being one-tenth of a second faster than team-mate Craig Thompson in sixth. Marcus Wyatt was only another 12-hundredths behind them in eighth place.

It marked the first time since February 2008 that GB had seen three men feature in the top ten of a World Cup race.

The British Skeleton athletes will be looking to build on those results when they race in Sigulda again next week (November 27).

Click here to visit the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association website for full race reports.

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