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Williams wins women's skeleton for Britain

Other News Materials 20 February 2010 06:49 (UTC +04:00)
Amy Williams set two track records as she won the women's skeleton for Britain's first individual gold medal in three decades at the Winter Olympics on Friday, dpa reported.
Williams wins women's skeleton for Britain

Amy Williams set two track records as she won the women's skeleton for Britain's first individual gold medal in three decades at the Winter Olympics on Friday, dpa reported.

Williams, 27, was in a world of her own as she claimed an undisputed victory in 3 minutes 35.64 seconds from four runs at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Germany's Kerstin Szymkowiak took silver in 3:36.20 minutes and compatriot Anja Huber snatched the bronze in 3:36.36 after Canadian Melissa Hollingsworth slumped from second to fifth place in the final run.

Williams was in command from the start. She had a track record 53.83 seconds in the first run on Thursday and lowered the mark to 53.68 seconds in the third run on Friday.

Williams is the first Winter Games individual gold medallist for Britain since Robin Cousins won men's figure skating 1980 in Lake Placid.

The US team lodged a protest against the design of Williams's helmet on Thursday, but that was dismissed by the ruling body FIBT.

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