Olympic hopeful Lizzy Yarnold extends World Cup lead with skeleton win in Austria
Last Updated: 20/01/14 11:55am
Lizzy Yarnold: Now has a 215-point lead at the top of the World Cup standings
Lizzy Yarnold's superb Skeleton World Cup season continued on Friday as she claimed her fourth victory from seven races in Igls, Austria.
The Kent slider built on a slim 0.09-second lead after the first run to see off rival Noelle Pikus-Pace by a total of 0.32 seconds and extend her lead at the top of the World Cup standings to 215 points ahead of the final pre-Olympics race in Germany next week.
It also boosted hopes of a fourth consecutive women's skeleton medal at the Games next month after the respective successes of Amy Williams, Shelley Rudman and Alex Coomber.
Yarnold said: "I could feel the speed and for the first time ever I got corner nine right so I'm really chuffed with that.
"I'm really thankful for all the support and I'll just keep doing my best and hopefully it will keep bringing these results."
Yarnold has also finished on the podium at each of the seven races so far this season and continued her see-saw battle with Pikus-Pace, with whom she has split all of the World Cup wins.
Pikus-Pace said: "This has been such a fun battle going back and forth in every race, so well done to Lizzy and I felt I gave it my best."
Reigning world champion Shelley Rudman continued her consistent season by taking fifth place as she builds up towards her third Winter Games in Sochi next month.