Skeleton athlete Kreher with a hundredth of a second lead to World Championship gold, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Silver for Kimberley Bos, Mirela Rahneva wins bronze

St. Moritz (RWH) By a blink of an eye to World Championship gold: Susanne Kreher of Germany is the 2023 World Champion in women's skeleton. At the BMW IBSF World Championships on the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina, the 24-year-old, Junior World Champion of 2022, saved a hundredth of a second advantage in the fourth race run to the finish line.

Kimberley Bos (NED) celebrated silver in St. Moritz. After Olympic bronze in Beijing, the 2022 European Champion with silver now also won the first World Championship medal for the Netherlands in women's skeleton.

Bronze at the BMW IBSF World Championships was secured by Canada's Mirela Rahneva (0.84 seconds back). The last Canadian medalist at skeleton World Championships was Elisabeth Maier (née Vathje), who also won bronze in Winterberg in 2015.

World Championship gold is the third medal for Susanne Kreher on the Olympia Bobrun: in 2018 and 2021 she won bronze and silver at the Junior World Championships in St. Moritz.

Olympic and Junior World Champion Hannah Neise finished the World Championships in 15th place.

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Susanne Kreher (GER, World Champion 2023, 2022 World Junior Champion, 2023 European Championship bronze medalist).

"That was really close. I already noticed that my fourth run was not the best. I have already won bronze and silver at the Junior World Championships in St. Moritz. That it has now become gold at the big World Championships is just amazing."

Kimberley Bos (NED, World Championships silver, Olympic bronze medalist 2022, European champion, overall World Cup winner 2022)

"Today was a great day for me. I definitely gave away the World Championships victory on the first day. Today I fixed the mistakes, unfortunately too late."

Mirela Rahneva (CAN, World Championchips bronze, currently second in the 2022/2023 BMW IBSF World Cup)

"The two World Championships days were such a roller coaster. Right now, all I feel is sweet, sweet relief. I actually love racing here, but I've never been so nervous. It helped me to focus on the fun of sliding. And it worked out in the end."

Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis
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