Rudman takes gold in Winterburg
Former Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman racked up her fifth skeleton World Cup career victory to close in on top spot in the overall rankings.
Rudman, 29, edged out current World Cup leader Anja Huber of Germany by 0.22 seconds after producing the two fastest runs of the day in Winterberg.
The Brit arrived in Germany on the back of four consecutive silver medals but this time around she topped the pile and is now just 36 points behind two-time world champion Huber with two races remaining this season.
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, competing in only her second World Cup race since returning after the Vancouver Games, placed an encouraging fifth, with a third Briton, Donna Creighton, in ninth.
"I love the way I'm sliding at the moment and I know the World Cup race is going to go right down to the wire. There has been some great racing between the two of us," said Rudman, who finished sixth at the Vancouver Winter Olympics last February.
"I've come second overall for each of the last two season and both times I missed out in the last race. But I won both races last year on the two tracks that are left, so I hope this year is going to be the one for me."
"Vancouver was very frustrating because I couldn't get time on the track and I really needed one extra day to get it right.
"I was really upset with the result but my performance didn't really reflect that.''
The World Cup circuit moves to St Moritz, Switzerland next week before concluding in Cesana, Italy while the 2011 World Championships are scheduled for Koenigssee, Germany in February.