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Pengilly adds to skeleton medals

Adam Pengilly
Pengilly enjoyed a good second day to secure silver

Adam Pengilly gave his Olympic hopes a huge boost with Great Britain's second silver medal of the Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid.

The 31-year-old's success came just over 24 hours after Amy Williams won silver in the women's competition.

Pengilly was 15th after Friday's first run but had the joint second-fastest time in the rescheduled second leg.

He then clocked the fastest time in the final run only to be beaten to the gold by Switzerland's Gregor Staehli.

After his disappointing opening run, Pengilly moved up to first in the second run before those results were cancelled because of heavy rain.

But he refused to let that disrupt him on Saturday's second day, and his final round run of 54.78 seconds was the fastest of the competition and left him 0.35 seconds behind Staehli.

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov, who led going into the final heat, dropped down to the bronze medal position, just 0.16 behind Pengilly.

Victory capped a difficult season for the Bath-based Pengilly, who suffered a groin injury and dropped out of the World Cup squad to compete on the second-tier Intercontinental Cup circuit.

We will celebrate this, but we now have less than 12 months until the Olympics in Vancouver

GB skeleton performance director Andi Schmid

"I had to try to get myself up again after the disappointment of yesterday," he admitted. "I'm very happy now. I've won a silver medal and I would have taken that at the start of the week.

"I thought I could get into the top five before the final run, but I didn't really think a medal was possible.

"The final run today was so sweet, it was close to a perfect. There have been some highs and lows this season, but it's great to make it on to the podium at the World Championships."

Andi Schmid, GB performance director, was also full of praise for Pengilly's performance over the two days of competition.

"What Adam has achieved personally is absolutely incredible," he said.

"He has had a difficult year, but after his injury he had to recharge his batteries and get focused. I knew it would work out because he is so hungry.

"To win another silver medal is great for the programme. We will celebrate this, but we now have less than 12 months until the Olympics in Vancouver."

Kristan Bromley, Britain's defending world champion, ended the day in 14th place overall, with team-mate Ant Sawyer 18th.

see also
Williams secures skeleton silver
27 Feb 09 |  Winter Sports
Williams describes Lake Placid course
25 Feb 09 |  Winter Sports
Bob Skeleton World Championship preview
25 Feb 09 |  Winter Sports

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