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Jacqueline Lölling second after two heats in Whistler ahead of Sophia Griebel

Whistler (RWH): The last World Champions in the women’s skeleton are currently battling it out for first place in the 2019 BMW IBSF World Championships. Tina Hermann and Jacqueline Lölling of Germany won the women’s skeleton title in 2016 and 2017 respectively and currently hold first and second place after two of four heats at Whistler Sliding Center (CAN). Tina Hermann – leading by 0.35 seconds – set a new track record during the first heat (53.17 seconds), shaving over half a second off the old record set by Team GB’s Amy Williams when she won her Olympic gold medal in 2010.

The Olympic silver medallist Jacqueline Lölling is followed by team mate Sophia Griebel (GER, 0.82 seconds back) in third ahead of the final day on Friday (8 March, 12.30 pm local time / 9.30 pm CET).

Two other athletes in with a chance to take home a medal are Junior World Champion Anna Fernstädtová (CZE) in fourth and overall winner of the World Cup, Elena Nikitina of Russia, in fifth.

European Champion Janine Flock (AUT) is in sixth place at the end of the first day in the women’s skeleton World Championships. Savannah Graybill of the USA, Yulia Kanakina (RUS), Switzerland’s Marina Gilardoni and local hero Elisabeth Maier (CAN) complete the top ten at the mid-way point in proceedings.

Further information including the World Championships results are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019

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