Laura Deas after her historic bronze medal in South Korea.

Laura Deas Continues Rise Up World Cup Rankings In Latvia

By Gareth James

Skeleton star Laura Deas continued the good form she showed in her BMW IBSF World Cup opener by finishing fifth in Latvia on Friday.

Wales’ first female Olympic medalist improved one place on her sixth place last week at the same venue in Sigulda.

Deas’ fifth spot was her best result at the World Cup since medalling in Calgary in February 2019.

The 32-year-old moved up two places after from lying seventh after her first run as she continues to find that consistency as the countdown to the 2022 Winter Olympics continues.

Deas’ recorded a combined time of 1 minute 44 seconds exactly after she improved her second run time by almost a quarter of a second in Latvia.

The 2018 Olympic bronze medallist was just 0.27secs off third place which was shared by Germany’s World Champion Tina Hermann Dutch athlete Kimberley Bos.

Austria’s Janine Flock claimed a. second win in a row after setting track record times in both her run to finish 1.07 secs ahead of Deas who pipped her to the podium in South Korea two years ago.

Russia’s European Champion Elena Nikitina was second.

Laura Deas happy with her World Cup improvement as she builds towards Winter Olympics in 2022.

Deas’ fellow Brit Ashleigh Pittaway was eighth, the best World Cup result of her career.

from Great Britain finished eighth. So the 2016 Youth Olympic Champion achieved her best World Cup result so far in Sigulda.

The next round of the World Cup will be in Igls, Austria on December 11.


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