Great Britain’s Matt Weston has pulled off a stunning run to claim men’s skeleton World Cup gold in Altenberg.

The Olympian ended the first run in fifth, just 0.08 seconds off Germany’s Christopher Grotheer in the lead.

Weston produced the fastest time of the second run to claim gold, 0.14 seconds ahead of Grotheer with Axel Jungk of Germany completing the podium.

The sliders could not be separated after the first run with Grotheer’s time of 56.11 leading the way and Jung Seung-gi of South Korea, China’s Wenhao Chen and Weston’s fellow Brit Marcus Wyatt all breathing down his neck, Wyatt sitting sixth after a time of 56.47.

None of the top six could improve on their first run times but Wyatt was the most consistent, going just 0.06 seconds slower in his second run in Germany.

Weston, meanwhile, had a nervous wait to first claim his place on the podium and then gold as Jung and Chen slipped down the rankings.

Victory in Altenberg is Weston’s third World Cup gold of his career having claimed his first triumph in a three-way tie in Innsbruck in 2021.

Gold came again this season in Lake Placid with Weston also earning bronzes in Whistler and last time out in Winterberg.

Weston had never previously placed higher than seventh in the World Cup and finished 15th and 23rd respectively at the 2020 and 2021 World Championships held at the German track.

Wyatt ended in sixth in Altenberg after Laura Deas had earned fifth in the women’s event with Brogan Crowley in 16th.

Brad Hall, who earned two medals last time out in Winterberg, will look to continue his incredible form when he takes to the track in the two-man bobsleigh on Saturday.

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Source: Team GB

Photo courtesy of IBSF Sliding.

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