Yarnold clinches World Cup title

Blackpool Citizen: Lizzy Yarnold finished joint-ninth to secure the World Cup title Lizzy Yarnold finished joint-ninth to secure the World Cup title

Lizzy Yarnold has been crowned overall women's skeleton World Cup champion after finishing in joint-ninth place in the final race of the regular season in Konigssee, Germany on Friday.

The Kent slider finished off the podium for the first and only time over the eight-race season but her position was enough to hold off race winner Noelle Pikus-Pace in the overall standings.

Yarnold becomes the third British woman to win the World Cup title after team-mate Shelley Rudman, who won it in 2012, and Alex Coomber, who won three consecutive titles between 2000 and 2002.

Yarnold went into the race in Konigssee having won four out of seven of the season's races and having finished on the podium in the other three.

But a major bump midway through her first run effectively ended her hopes of maintaining that record and she had to settle for finishing 1.25 seconds behind Pikus-Pace, who like Yarnold ends the season with four World Cup victories.

Rudman posted an impressive third-place finish exactly half a second behind the American, a time which also earned her silver behind Austria's Janine Flock in a race which doubled as the European Championships.

Yarnold's triumph was confirmed when the scheduled second run of the race was cancelled due to heavy snow.

Yarnold will be one of Great Britain's best bets for a medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. She leads a four-strong British skeleton team also including Rudman and men's pair Kristian Bromley and Dominic Parsons.

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