Rudman claims world title

Shelley Rudman was crowned women's skeleton world champion in St Moritz on Friday.

Rudman completed four dominant runs to claim victory by over half a second from American Noelle Pikus-Pace.

She took a huge one-second advantage into Friday's final two runs and although she was reeled in slightly by the USA silver medallist, she held on for a victory margin of 0.57 seconds.

But there was some disappointment for Great Britain team-mate Lizzy Yarnold, who slipped behind Canadian Sarah Reid on the final run and had to settle for fourth place.

Rudman, the 2006 Olympic silver medallist, had won a World Cup race in Winterberg in December and her latest success will boost hopes of going one better at next year's Sochi Olympics.

Rudman told Eurosport: "It went really well yesterday and I knew there was more of that coming today, but I still didn't expect to win, so I'm very happy."

Rudman becomes only Great Britain's second world skeleton champion after her partner Kristan Bromley, who won gold in Altenberg in 2008. Bromley was due to start his latest bid in the men's race on Friday.

British sliders have an affinity with the St Moritz track. Olympic champions Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won world gold there in 1965, as did Frederick McEvoy's four-man crew in 1937.