Yarnold over the moon to get hands on skeleton world title

Yarnold over the moon to get hands on skeleton world title

07 March 2015 / 11:44

Lizzy Yarnold admitted she had to pinch herself in amazement as she finally got her hands on skeleton World Championship gold in Winterberg, Germany.

After the first two runs of the World Championships Yarnold was the one to beat as she sat top of the pile, eager to add to her European and Olympic titles.

And Yarnold didn’t let up when she returned 24 hours later as she held on to top spot, setting a new track record with her last run to win her maiden World Championships in style.

In the end the Sochi 2014 champion came home in a total time of 3:49.95 minutes, 0.67 seconds ahead of German Jacqueline Loelling with Canadian Elisabeth Vathje finishing with bronze in her maiden World Championship.

World Cup champion Janine Flock has to settle for sixth spot as Great Britain were able to boast three sliders in the top ten.

Laura Deas was the next highest Brit as she finished just one place behind Flock, while Rose McGrandle came home ninth.

But there was no doubting who the star of the show was, even if Yarnold was struggling to come to terms with her latest feat.

“I can’t quite take it all in but it is absolutely amazing,” she said. “It has been a lot of hard work and it has been a struggle and I couldn’t have done it without the team behind me, they have all been great.

“I am just so pleased to say that I am world champion as well as Olympic and European champion.

“It is all I have ever wanted.”

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