Junior European Champion Tararychenkova second ahead of defending champion Flock
Innsbruck (RWH) Skeleton World Champion Tina Hermann (GER) celebrated her first season's victory in the Olympic season in Altenberg after last two World Championships titles in 2020 and 2021. With a new track record (57.52 seconds) at the third BMW IBSF World Cup of the season, Hermann was 0.25 seconds faster than in her last run to World Championship gold in 2020.
There was also something to celebrate for Altenberg World Cup runner-up Alina Tararychenkova of Russia (0.31 seconds back). The Junior European Champion stood on the podium for the first time in her ninth start in the BMW IBSF World Cup.
Third in Altenberg was defending World Cup champion Janine Flock of Austria (0.37 seconds back). After places six and seven at the beginning of the season in Innsbruck (AUT), it was the first podium finish for Flock in the Olympic winter.
Junior World Champion Hannah Neise (GER), in second place after the first race run in Altenberg, dropped back to fourth in the second run and missed her first podium place by 0.04 seconds.
New leader in the overall ranking of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022 is Kimberley Bos from the Netherlands. The 28-year-old, who finished third overall last season, came in sixth in Altenberg. As the previous leader Elena Nikitina (RUS) only finished eleventh, Kimberley Bos passed her and now leads with 596 points ahead of Alina Tararychenkova (RUS, 594) and Nikitina (586).
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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis