Rudman outside medals in Germany

Sat, 26 Feb 19:02:00 2011

Shelley Rudman was forced to settle for fourth at the Skeleton World Championships as the home sliders ruled the roost in Germany.

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Rudman – a Winter Olympic silver medallist from the 2006 Games – paid the price for a poor first day which saw her end in sixth overall.

She clawed her way up to fourth in her third run of the day and launched a grandstand finish with her fastest run of the day, 52.22 seconds, on her fourth and final run.

But it was too little too late for the Brit slider as Marion Thees successfully defended her crown and took gold and teammate Anja Huber made it a German 1-2.

Canada’s Mellisa Hollingsworth completed the podium as World Cup runner-up Rudman had to settle for an agonising fourth.

And British Skeleton performance director Andi Schmid admitted it was a cruel case of déjà vu for Rudman.

“It was a bit of a copy of the last Olympics for Shelley when the first run killed her,” said Rudman. “She had a disappointing first run yesterday, but then she was just incredible. She couldn’t have done much more today.

“It was a great performance today, she was second in both runs and was faster than Anja Huber on her home track, but she just left it a bit too late.”

GB team-mate Donna Creighton ended 13th overall, dropping down a place on her overnight position of 12th.

“Her push times were great, but she needs to improve the consistency of her sliding, then it will come. Like Shelley, Donna has had a great season,” said Schmid.

More than the Games / Eurosport

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