Podium for Yarnold in second race after comeback

Podium for Yarnold in second race after comeback

17 December 2016 / 21:02
Lizzy Yarnold returned to the World Cup podium for the first time in 18 months after finishing as runner up to Austria's Janine Flock in Lake Placid.

The Olympic champion lost out to Flock – 2016 World Championships silver medallist – after the 27-year-old posted the fastest time in both runs, but Yarnold now leads the overall World Cup standings.

Flock clocked 54.84s, before being the only slider to drop below 55s in the second run, meaning Yarnold finished a total of 0.81s back in the final standings.

The double European champion, and winner of the 2014-15 World Cup title, now has 361 points but sits 41 behind leader Yarnold, who tops the standings after adding to her fourth place in Whistler, Canada, earlier this month.

Germany's Jacqueline Loelling finished second in that race, and fifth in Lake Placid, to sit second overall in the standings, eight points behind the Brit.

Rounding out the podium in Lake Placid was Canada's Mirela Rahneva, who finished 1.15s behind Flock, while Anna Fernstaedt missed out on a spot in the top three by just 0.04s.

Yarnold's compatriot Laura Deas finished equal tenth, in the USA, 1.76s behind Flock after posting the fifth fastest time in the second run, leading her to rue a time of 56.08 in the first run that left her 16th at the halfway point.

Deas finished level with defending World Cup champion Tina Hermann, as the German failed to follow up her podium finish from the first round in Canada.

"I’m chuffed with the silver medal,” said Yarnold.

“The snowy conditions were tricky, but that's what winter sports are all about!

“I'm glad to be back on the podium and I feel good about how I'm sliding two races in after a year off.

"Most of all I will take the positive out of the fact that I wasn't necessarily the fastest in training this week but, come race day, something kicks in and I can bring it when it matters most.

“I’m looking forward to the Christmas break as world number one and I can't wait to catch up with my family and friends."

Elsewhere, the GB men's bobsleigh team of Lamin Deen, Mark Lewis-Francis, Andrew Matthews and Tremayne Gilling impressed to finish sixth in the IBSF World Cup.

A blistering opening burst saw the quartet come out of the blocks firing, stopping the clock at 5.04s in the sprint of their second run in Lake Placid.

That strong start helped them to a run of 54.62s, enough for them to be sitting in the leaders' box before eventually finishing on the podium.

Switzerland, led by Rico Peter, continued their dominance with their second race win, while hosts USA and Canada rounded off the top three.

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