Shelley Rudman wins World Cup skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman
Rudman has finished as the overall World Cup runner-up for the last three years

Britain's Shelley Rudman won her first skeleton World Cup for nearly a year when she triumphed in Germany.

Rudman, 30, who last won in St Moritz last January, was fastest on both runs at Konigssee to beat silver medallist Marion Thees by half a second.

"Just won the World Cup race in Konigssee by half a second," said Rudman on Twitter. "Wow! So, so happy."

Rudman, who won Olympic silver in 2006, moved up to third in the overall standings after five of eight races.

After Friday's victory, the reigning European bronze medallist is 41 points behind new leader Thees and 32 adrift of Hollingsworth.

Sheffield-based Rudman, from Wiltshire, returns to St Moritz next week when the Swiss report hosts round six before the final two legs take place in Whistler and Calgary in Canada.

The season then reaches an end with the World Championships at Lake Placid, which runs from 13-26 February.

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