Yarnold wins European Championship gold in Igls

08 February 2015 / 11:01

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold added European Championship gold to her collection after overcoming tricky conditions in Igls, Austria.

Despite persistent snowfall hampering the athletes, Yarnold showed the sort of form that saw her storm to Olympic gold in Sochi 12 months ago as she posted the fastest time in both runs.

The win was her second World Cup victory in as many days, after triumphing on the same track on Saturday, as defending European champion Janine Flock of Austria has to settle for silver this time around – 0.30 seconds behind.

Yarnold becomes the first British European champion since Shelley Rudman four years ago and there was further joy for Great Britain as Rose McGrandle came in third to take bronze, while Laura Deas finished seventh.

The new European champion still sits 53 points behind Flock in the overall World Cup standings going into the final race but believes the support she received in Austria spurred her on to victory.

“It doesn't matter whether I won Olympic gold or not, I am just trying to become a better athlete,” Yarnold said.

“It's been awesome support here. I have to thank my mum and dad for coming to watch all the way from the UK.”

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