Olympic24: Yarnold a world champ as Emanuel shines in Prague

Olympic24: Yarnold a world champ as Emanuel shines in Prague

08 March 2015 / 09:50

Lizzy Yarnold collects the missing piece of her trophy collection in Germany while Lee Emanuel and Seren Bundy-Davies shine in Prague. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Lizzy Yarnold is finally able to call herself world champion after topping the pile in Winterberg
  • Four-man bobsleigh team piloted by Lamin Deen an impressive fifth at halfway stage
  • Lee Emanuel and Seren Bundy-Davies climb the podium at the European Indoor Championships
  • Jonathan Brownlee highest-placed Brit in World Triathlon Series opener
  • Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot suffer Davis Cup defeat

Yarnold claims World Championship gold

Lizzy Yarnold made history with gold at the Skeleton World Championships in Winterberg, Germany, to become the reigning world, Olympic & European champion having claimed all three titles within 400 days of each other.

Yarnold set a track record in her opener in Winterberg and improved her own mark in the fourth and final run today in 57.42 seconds to secure victory with an overall time of 3:49.95 minutes and continue Britain’s success in this event last won by Shelley Rudman.

Yarnold had never previously won the World Championships, with her best result coming in 2012 when she won a bronze medal at Lake Placid, and she had set winning this event as her main goal for the season, which she achieved in magnificent style.

Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje and Jacqueline Loelling, on her home track in Winterberg, took bronze and silver respectively, performing superbly at their first World Championships races, both at just 20 years of age.

But there was also plenty more for Great Britain to celebrate as Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle made it three Brits in the top ten as they finished seventh and ninth respectively.

Britain sit fifth at halfway stage of four-man World Champs 

Skeleton sliders weren’t the only athletes in action in Winterberg as the four-man bobsleigh World Championships also got underway, with Lamin Deen impressing for Great Britian.

Deen, along with Ben Simons, Bruce Tasker and Andrew Matthews currently sit fifth overall after completing their first two runs in 1:47.91 minutes.

This means they are only 0.38 seconds off the leaders – Latvia piloted by Oskars Melbardis – and just 0.24 behind the current third-placed German sled piloted by Francesco Friedrich.

Emanuel and Bundy-Davies climb Euro Indoors podium

Lee Emanuel and Seren Bundy-Davies ensured the medals continued to flow for Great Britain on day two of the European Indoor Championships in Prague as they claimed silver and bronze medals respectively.

Emanuel dug deep in the final of the 3000m to hold off the challenge of Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigsten and finish in a time of 7:45.54 minutes, but could do nothing to keep up with winner Ali Kaya of Turkey who clocked a new championship record of 7:38.42.

The 30-year-old rounded off a solid day for the Brits in the Czech Republic which started with success in the 60m heats for Dina Asher-Smith and Rachel Johncock.

That was followed promptly by Richard Kilty and Chijindu Ujah who will both have their sights set on progress to Sunday's final and top-spot on the podium.

There was relief for Jenny Meadows in the 800m after she finished fourth and was knocked out before being reinstated for Sunday's final after the disqualification of Russia's Anastasiya Bazdyreva.

Guy Learmonth will also go for gold in tomorrow's 800m final and there was a bronze medal in the 400m for Bundy-Davies.

Tough start to 2015 World Triathlon Series

British Triathlon performance director Brendan Purcell admitted he could have no complaints after his troops failed to collect a medal at the opening World Series event in Abu Dhabi.

The women were first up in Abu Dhabi with world champion Gwen Jorgensen of America going on to take the win.

As for the Brits, Lucy Hall was typically strong on the swim and bike but Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson struggled as a result of a niggling Achilles.

Despite this problem Stimpson was still the top finishing female Brit as she came home in 1:00.11 hours for 17th, with Hall 35th.

Heather Sellars finished 42nd on her World Triathlon Series debut while Emma Pallant was 50th.

Next up was the men's race and try as he might Jonathan Brownlee just couldn't force his way on to the podium as he finished fifth.

Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory in 52:32 minutes while Bronwlee was 31 seconds further back, with Adam Bowden 20th, Gordon Benson 27th and Mark Buckingham four places further back.

"Mola raced really smart whereas Jonny made some mistakes," Purcell said. "He put in a lot of work in at the front of the bike pack and wasn't where he needed to be at the start of the run.

"That's the first race out of the way. Some of our athletes got points on the board, which will help them get starts later in the season.

"The next few races are over the full Olympic distance so we’ll go straight to New Zealand now to train and prepare for those."

America fight back on day two of Davis Cup clash

Jamie Murray is backing brother Andy to complete a British Davis Cup victory over America after a tough day two in Glasgow.

On day one Andy Murray and James Ward both won to hand hosts Great Britain a 2-0 lead, giving Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot the chance to claim an early victory.

Standing in their way though were veteran brother pairing Bob and Mike Bryan, and the Americans raced into an early two-set lead.

However Jamie Murray and Inglot dug deep and levelled the game, before succumbing to their visitors 9-7 in the fifth and final set.

All is not lost though with one final day to come, with Jamie Murray full of confidence that brother Andy can do the business against Isner in Glasgow, with the American having played for almost five hours against Ward.

“I’m sure he’ll [Andy] be pretty confident. I don’t know if Isner is going to be exactly back-flipping out of bed tomorrow morning to play Andy,” he said.

“I’d rather be in his shoes than Isner’s but I guess with his serve you’ve always got a chance but I’d never back against Andy in this situation.

“He has 7,000 Scottish, British people cheering him. He will want to go out and put on a good performance and beat Isner. I think we’re all fully confident that he will do that.”

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