Laura Deas produced battling second day response at World Championships. Pic: Getty Images.

Gutsy Laura Deas Shows Her Skeleton Skills At World Championships

By Gareth James

Laura Deas produced a battling second day display at the BMW IBSF World Skeleton Championships in Germany.

The 32-year-old Wrexham slider finished 15th overall after producing two runs that were both among the top 10 fastest times in Altenberg.

But Wales’s Olympic bronze medallist was left to wonder what might have been having been lying 18th after the first day.

“Tough trying to come back from such a disappointing first day but I left it all out there today,” said Deas on twitter.

Laura Deas produced two top 10 fastest times on Friday. Pic: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Deas’s first run on Friday of 58.58 secs proved to be her quickest of the championships – and was well over a second faster than her opening run on Thursday.

The time was the seventh fastest of all the sliders and moved her up to 16th spot.

Then on her final run, Deas clocked 58.73 – the eighth quickest overall on that run – to move her one place up the final standings in 15th spot.

Deas’s aggregate time of 3:56.76 was 3.79 secs slower than Germany’s Tina Hermann who became the first slider to win four world titles, adding to her victories in 2016, 2019 and last year.

The 27-year-old triumphed after lying 11th following the first run. She responded by setting the fastest time on the next three runs.

Hermann was by just 0.11 secs from team-mate Jacqueline Loelling with Russia’s European champ Elena Nikitina third (+1.68secs).

Of the other Brits, Ashleigh Pittaway was 14th (+3.48 secs) with Brogan Crowley 23rd.


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