Yarnold settles for second in rivalry with Pikus-Pace

06 December 2013 / 21:55

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold settled for silver as rival Noelle Pikus-Pace took the skeleton World Cup race in Utah.

The American made amends for the controversy of the opening race of the season in Calgary, when she again edged Yarnold into second, only to be disqualified for an equipment infringement, a decision she claimed left her 'heartbroken'.

But Pikus-Pace set a different pace to her rivals on her home track, finishing 0.68 seconds quicker than Yarnold across two runs while Canada's Sarah Reid completed the podium.

British world champion Shelley Rudman secured another top five finish, improving last week's fifth to rank fourth, and Donna Creighton was 2.65 secs off the pace in 21st.

After his third place in the opening World Cup in Calgary, Great Britain's Dominic Parsons settled for a top ten ranking.

His combined time across two runs was 0.87 secs slower than Russian winner Alexander Tretiakov, while Latvia's Martins Dukurs and American Matthew Antoine took second and third.

Britain's Kristan Bromley finished 17th while Ed Smith's start line difficulties meant he ranked 26th and failed to make the second run for the second consecutive week.

Elsewhere, British slider Rose McGrandle's hope of forcing herself into the World Cup team were given a boost after she won the opening Intercontinental Cup race of the season, setting a track record in Igls, Austria.

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