WESTON SHINES ON WORLD CUP BOW

Matt Weston finished a hugely creditable 13th on his World Cup debut in St Moritz on Friday.

Weston, who is in his first year of competition and only has seven Europa Cup races to his name to date, beat a whole host of more experienced athletes at the home of sliding sports in Switzerland.

The 22-year-old, who previously represented England at Taekwondo, clocked a combined time of 2 minutes 17.33 seconds to finish just four hundredths of a second behind team-mate Marcus Wyatt.

Wyatt placed 11th after jumping two spots from his halfway position of 13th, with Weston, from Kent, slipping back one place from the 12th spot he occupied at the end of Run 1.

Fellow Brit Laurence Bostock came within two tenths of a second of joining Weston and Wyatt in the second run as he just missed out on the top 20 on his own World Cup debut.

20-year-old Bostock finished 23rd overall and became the youngest British male ever to compete on the skeleton World Cup circuit in the process.

Veteran Latvian Martins Dukurs won gold from German duo Felix Keisinger and Axel Junk in a filed of 30 sliders.

In the women’s race, Olympic bronze medallist Laura Deas was the top placed Brit in 12th, with Kim Murray 14th and Madelaine Smith 16th.

Deas finished in 2 minutes 22.10 seconds, with Murray recording a two-run time of 2.22.34 and Smith two spots back in 2.22.47.

Germany’s Tina Hermann took gold ahead of her compatriot Jacqueline Loelling and Austria’s Janine Flock.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is Sigulda, with the Latvian venue hosting the final round of action in a fortnight’s time.

Elsewhere on the skeleton circuit, Craig Thompson won Intercontinental Cup bronze in South Korea.

Thompson, who recorded a career best sixth on the World Cup circuit in Igls earlier this month, has now won medals in three successive ICC races over the last eight days.

The former footballer won silver and bronze last week in Lake Placid and has now added to that tally in the first of two back-to-back races at the venue of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Ashleigh Pittaway finished seventh and Stefan Squire 14th, with Amelia Coltman ninth on her first taste of ICC action. Coltman was crowned overall Europa Cup Champion last week and again impressed as she stepped up a circuit in her first year of competitive sliding.

The ICC team race again at 1am GMT on Saturday.

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