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Shelley Rudman win sets up skeleton world title chance

Shelley Rudman
Rudman has finished runner-up twice in the World Cup overall standings

Britain's Shelley Rudman secured her second World Cup win in a row to boost her chances of being crowned overall women's skeleton world champion.

Rudman defeated Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth by 0.24 seconds in St Moritz, with overall World Cup leader Anja Huber finishing back in third.

Rudman's win helped her reduce the gap on Huber to 11 points.

Victory in the regular season's final race in Cesana next week will be enough to clinch her first world title.

"The most important thing was to give myself a fighting chance going to the final race and my win means it's going to go right down to the wire," she said.

"I've had chances going into the final race of the season in each of the last two years but it hasn't quite been enough.

"I hope with lots of work and the benefit of my experience it will pay off this time."

Olympic champion Amy Williams was 10th in her third race back after her post-Vancouver lay-off, while Donna Creighton was 20th.

In the men's race, Chris Type was ninth and Rudman's fiance Kristan Bromley 14th on his return from injury.

Overall standings after seven of eight World Cup events:


1st: Anja Huber (GER) - 1485 pts

2nd: Shelley Rudman (GB) - 1474

3rd: Melissa Hollingsworth (CAN) - 1364

6th: Donna Creighton (GB) - 1108

21st: Amy Williams (GB) - 456


1st: Martins Durkurs (LAT) - 1494 pts

2nd: Sandro Stielicke (GER) - 1266

3rd: Frank Rommel (GER) - 1218

11th: Chris Type (GB) - 936

12th: Kristan Bromley (GB) - 914

24th: Andy Wood (GB) - 352

31st: Adam Pengilly (GB) - 142

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see also
European crown for Briton Rudman
22 Jan 11 |  Winter Sports
Williams falters on return to ice
14 Jan 11 |  Winter Sports
Williams slides to British gold
20 Feb 10 |  Skeleton
Bromley leads skeleton standings
03 Dec 10 |  Winter Sports
How Rudman slid to silver
17 Feb 06 |  Winter Sports

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