BMW IBSF World Cup: Tina Hermann wins women’s skeleton in Königssee
Königssee (RWH) Skeleton slider Tina Hermann of Germany has won the third race of the season in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016 with a track record of 51.41 seconds and over a second ahead of the competition. In the second World Cup victory of her career, Tina Hermann made the first run six tenths of a second faster than Marion Thees (GER) had done when she set the previous track record in the World Championships in February 2011.
2012 Youth Olympic Champion Jacqueline Lölling, also of Germany, was second 1.13 seconds back, and Marina Gilardoni of Switzerland came third 1.56 seconds back to celebrate not only the first podium finish of her career, but also the first podium finish in the women’s skeleton for Switzerland since December 2008, when 2006 Olympic Champion Maya Pedersen-Bieri came third in Altenberg. Lelde Priedulena (LAT, 1,60 seconds behind) was still tied for third with Gilardoni after the first run, but ended the race in fourth, her best World Cup result to date.
Kim Meylemans of Belgium a also achieved their best results to date, coming seventh at the BMW IBSF World cup in Königssee.
Olympic bronze medallist Elena Nikitina of Russia, who was twelfth after the two runs, set a new start record in Königssee of 4.86 seconds.
After the third of eight races in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016, Tina Hermann continues to head the overall rankings and now has 660 points. Jacqueline Lölling is second with 620 points, and the winner of the season opener, Laura Deas of Great Britain, is overall third with 561 points after coming tenth in Königssee.
The complete list of results showing all race times, overall times, and the current world cup rankings can be found at ibsf.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), as well as on the official IBSF website and in the IBSF group on Facebook. ©RWH2015-2016
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