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Second heat cancelled due to heavy snowfall


Königssee (RWH)  Skeleton athlete Jacqueline Lölling from Germany is on course for World Championship gold at half-time in the BMW IBSF World Championships 2017 at Königssee (GER). The 2015 silver medallist has a tight 0.06 seconds lead after one heat ahead of teammate and defending World Champion Tina Hermann (GER). Elisabeth Vathje of Canada (0.25 seconds back) is third.


The second World Championships heat at Königssee had to be cancelled due to heavy snowfall. As the jury decided, this heat will not count. So the third of four heats (Saturday, 25 February, 8.30 am) starts as usual beginning with leader Jacqueline Lölling to Sara Lavrencic (SLO) on rank 31. In fourth and final heat (Saturday, 25 February, 10.30 am), the best 20 athletes start in reverse order from 20 to 1.


Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold starts as fourth then, she is currently 0.27 seconds behind the leader. Kim Meylemans from Belgium is fifth at World Championships half time, 0.33 seconds behind. ©RWH2017


Quotes


Jacqueline Lölling (GER, Youth Olympic Champion 2012, Junior World Champion 2015, World Championships silver medallist 2015)

At the start area we all had realised that it became impossible to get good times. The track was covered with snow, that really slows you down. So the decision to cancel the heat was absolutely right.“


Tina Hermann (GER, World Champion 2016, winner of Overall World Cup 2016)

The snow in the track is like a brake, even if my run was not so bad to be true. Of course Skeleton is an outdoor sport. But in my opinion there was no alternative to cancel this run.“

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