Shelley Rudman claims historic world title for Bath-based British Skeleton
Shelley Rudman claimed a first World Championships gold medal for the Bath-based British Skeleton team in St Moritz.
The Wiltshire slider – a former student at the University of Bath – triumphed by more than half a second from America’s Noelle Pikus-Pace after dominating the calendar’s most prestigious competition in Switzerland.
She had a huge one-second advantage after the first two runs on Thursday and held her nerve on one of her favourite tracks to improve on the silver medal won by Olympic champion Amy Williams in 2009 and the bronze rising star Lizzy Yarnold brought home from Lake Placid last year.
Yarnold, who rents a property from Williams in Bath and trains at the university, was on course to repeat her achievement of 12 months ago after three runs but was edged into fourth spot behind Sarah Reid of Canada.
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Team-mate Donna Creighton finished in 21st spot.
Rudman told Eurosport after the race: "It went really well yesterday and I knew there was more of that coming today, but I still didn't expect to win, so I'm very happy."
In the men’s competition, Dominic Parsons continued his fine winter by finishing as top Brit in ninth, one place ahead of the vastly experienced Kristan Bromley.
Ed Smith was 15th in a competition won by Russia’s Alexander Tretjyakov.