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Pengilly plots further progress

Pengilly stunned by 'crazy weeked'

Adam Pengilly believes he has room to improve on his bob skeleton silver medal at the World Championships.

The 31-year-old described himself as "over the moon" with his performance.

And he is now relishing the chance to have a full summer of preparation with which to kick-start his campaign for medal success at the 2010 Olympics.

Pengilly told BBC Points West: "I had an operation in April and missed a lot of the summer so I'm looking forward to getting fit and faster on the starts."

However, Team Bath's Pengilly, more than most, knows the fickle finger of fate can upset the best laid plans and insists, with so long to go until the 2010 Games in Vancouver, he will worry about it when he gets there in February.

It's a long road so we'll worry a bit more about Vancouver when we get there

Adam Pengilly

First stop for Pengilly and his compatriots is the team selection races in October.

"We've got five guys who are all really strong and selection races just to make the World Cup teams are tough," the Taunton-born man said.

"I got dropped this year because it was so tight and then I made it back in.

"Just to make the top three will be difficult, then you've got to make the World Cup and qualify for the Olympics there as well.

"It's a long road so we'll worry a bit more about Vancouver when we get there."

But Pengilly, who came 26th overall in this season's World Cup, is buoyed by his World Championship showing in Lake Placid and the plaudits that have followed.

A lot of people told me I had the best four runs and I deserve to be the world champion

Adam Pengilly

"I came here to put four good runs together and push well four times and I did that," he added.

"A lot of people told me I had the best four runs and I deserve to be the world champion.

"Unfortunately for the weather and a jury decision it didn't happen and I got the silver medal.

"But to come from 15th to second in one day is fairly unheard of and I'm over the moon that I managed to do it."

see also
Williams focused on summer return
02 Mar 09 |  Winter Sports
Pengilly adds to skeleton medals
01 Mar 09 |  Winter Sports
Team GB take aim for Winter Games
12 Feb 09 |  Winter Sports


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