Yarnold well placed after two runs of World Cup trials

Former world medallist Lizzy Yarnold leads the way after the first two runs of the British Skeleton women's World Cup selection races in Altenberg.

Yarnold, fourth at last year's World Championships, enjoys a 1.86 second advantage over second placed Rose McGrandle after setting two push start records in Germany.

With world champion Shelley Rudman pre-selected for one of the three slots on the team, the top two in Germany will both earn their places.

McGrandle is 0.33 secs ahead of third placed Laura Daes and fourth placed Donna Creighton is a further two hundredths of a second off the pace.

Dominic Parsons leads Ed Smith by just one hundredth of a second after two runs in the men's selection trials.

Former world champion Kristan Bromley - hoping to be selected for a fourth Olympics next January - is 0.42 secs back while fourth placed David Swift will need to improve to make the all-important top three.

Great Britain are seeking to qualify three sliders for both the men's and women's events at next year's Olympics, which means whoever is selected must achieve consistent results in the first seven World Cups of the season.

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