2018 Winter Olympics: Lizzy Yarnold in strong start in Pyeongchang but is shown up by teammate Laura Deas

Deas finished first and second in her two practice runs, while reigning Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold managed third and fourth to show good signs for their medal hopes

Matt McGeehan
Pyeongchang
Monday 12 February 2018 09:06
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Laura Deas register the second fastest time in the first practice runs before topping the timesheets in the second runs
Laura Deas register the second fastest time in the first practice runs before topping the timesheets in the second runs

Laura Deas outshone Great Britain team-mate and reigning Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold during women’s skeleton training in Pyeongchang on Monday.

Deas was second and Yarnold, who won gold at the Sochi 2014 Games, third in the first official training run on day three of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

And in the second run Deas was fastest, with Yarnold fourth quickest, results which bode well for the four-run competition that begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday.

Austria’s Janine Flock finished her first run in 52.35 seconds, 0.01secs ahead of Deas and 0.13 ahead of Yarnold.

Deas clocked 52.45 for the second run, with Flock second, 0.02 behind, and Yarnold 0.27 adrift in fourth.

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Deas, a 29-year-old from Wrexham, claimed her first World Cup win in November 2015 and was fourth at the 2017 World Championships.

The last two women’s skeleton titles have gone to Britain with Yarnold succeedinig Vancouver 2010 winner Amy Williams as champion.

Shelley Rudman won Olympic silver in Turin in 2006, while Alex Coomber took bronze in Salt Lake City four years earlier.

Lizzy Yarnold managed to finish third and fourth fastest with her two practice runs

In men’s training, Britain’s Dom Parsons was sixth on the first run and first on the second, clocking 50.74, 0.32 clear of his nearest rival.

Fellow Briton Jerry Rice was 14th and eighth in his two runs.

South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin, the World Cup champion after dominating the circuit, did not take part on Monday.

PA

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