Superb silver for Hall and Cackett as Beijing preparation begins

Brad Hall and Greg Cackett’s Olympic Winter Games preparation started in fine style with a silver medal in the two-man bobsleigh test event in Yanqing.

Hall and Cackett clocked a combined time of 2:00.87s to finish in second place, 0.02s ahead of Russian duo Mikhail Mordasov and Rostislav Gaitiukevich.

German duo Francisco Friedrich and Alexander Roediger were victorious, finishing 0.07s in front of the British pair.

The result will come as a huge confidence boost for Hall and Cackett as they look to become Team GB’s first two-man bobsleigh medallists since 1964 next February.

There was also a second-place finish for Marcus Wyatt in the men’s skeleton, he finished 0.39s behind Germany winner Alexander Gassner.

Wyatt said: “It's a great start to the season and a near-perfect end to the three weeks here in Beijing.

“I'm sure there will be points of the season that aren't going so well so to have this in my locker and to know that I've performed on the track where it really matters is massive for my confidence."

Team GB have won at least one skeleton medal in every Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002 and Wyatt will be among those hoping to keep that run going.

The event in Yanqing is being held as a test event ahead of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, which are just a few months away.

All international teams set to compete at the games were invited to take part in a three-week training and testing programme before this weekend’s competitions.