British Skeleton finish outstanding IBSF World Championships with gold, silver and bronze after claiming two mixed team medals

29 January 2023

A superb IBSF Skeleton World Championships finished off on a suitably high note as University of Bath-based sliders won both silver and bronze in the mixed team race in St Moritz.

The event is a new Olympic discipline for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Games and saw Matt Weston – fresh from winning men’s skeleton gold on Friday – team up with PyeongChang 2018 bronze-medallist Laura Deas to win silver in a combined time of 2:25.04.

Team-mate Craig Thompson, who missed out on an individual medal by just one-hundredth of a second, deservedly got on the podium this time round as he and Brogan Crowley took bronze in 2:25.32.

British Skeleton Performance Director Natalie Dunman said: “To see two Union flags flying is a really proud moment for everyone involved. To come away with two medals in this race and three in all is a great achievement. It’s testament to the hard work all the athletes and coaches have put in since the spring.”

Germany’s Christopher Grotheer and newly-crowned women’s champion Susanne Kreher took gold by just 13-hundredths of a second.

Meanwhile, Brad Hall and Taylor Lawrence just missed out on a first British two-man bobsleigh medal at the World medal in 57 years as they finished fifth.

They clocked a combined four-run time of 4:22.77 seconds in Switzerland, falling agonisingly short of bronze after dropping back from fourth after three runs to fifth after all four.

Hall and Lawrence go again in the four-man competition at the same venue next Saturday and Sunday, when they will be joined in the sled by rookie Arran Gulliver and double Olympian Greg Cackett.

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is based at the University of Bath, which is home to the UK’s only outdoor push-start training track. Click here to find out more.

Picture credit: IBSF 

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