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Gold for stunning Lizzy Yarnold as fellow Briton Laura Deas takes bronze

Gold for stunning Lizzy Yarnold as fellow Briton Laura Deas takes bronze

17/02/2018 at 14:18Updated 17/02/2018 at 15:46

Lizzy Yarnold retained her Olympic skeleton title with a stunning performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, while fellow Briton Laura Deas claimed bronze.

Yarnold lay second after three of four runs, but produced an astonishing final leg of 51.46 to smash the track record and take victory by 0.45 seconds - a huge margin in a sport where medals are normally decided by hundredths.

Deas claimed her place on the podium when leader Janine Flock - the last to go - dropped to fourth with an error-strewn final run. Jacqueline Loelling won silver for Germany.

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Britain have now won the last three women's Olympic skeleton competitions, with Yarnold's successes at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 following Amy Williams's success at Vancouver 2010. Deas becomes the fifth British woman to win a skeleton medal in five consecutive Winter Olympics. Alex Coomber won bronze at Salt Lake City 2002 and Shelley Rudman silver at Turin 2006 before the Team GB gold rush started.

The double success makes Saturday Britain's most successful day in Winter Olympic history, coming on the heels of Izzy Atkin's bronze in the Winter Olympic slopestyle.

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