Yarnold settles for silver

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Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Lizzy Yarnold had to settle for a silver medal on her return to the World Cup skeleton circuit at Altenberg in Germany on Friday.

The Olympic champion won her first race of the new season but suffered a spell of dizziness which forced her out of last month’s event in Calgary.

Yarnold sat second after the first run on Friday just two hundredths of a second behind leader Tina Hermann of Germany.

But Russian Maria Orlova surged from fourth place to first with a superb second run to claim the first World Cup victory of her career.

A poor run from Hermann saw her slip to fourth with Yarnold maintaining second place four hundredths of a second behind the eventual winner, and another Russian, Elena Nikitina, taking bronze.

Yarnold said: “I’m pretty chuffed because I’ve raced at Altenberg five times now and I’ve never been on the podium, so this is the result I really wanted.”

On a good day for Great Britain, Yarnold’s team-mates Rose McGrandle and Laura Deas finished in eighth and 10th places respectively.

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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