Austrian Flock first skeleton World Cup winner in 2020-21 season

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RIGA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Austria's Janine Flock became the first skeleton World Cup winner in 2020-2021 season on Friday.

The Austrian only competed in her second ever race in Sigulda, Latvia. With a track record (51.49 seconds) the runner-up of last season's overall World Cup already dominated the first run. After two runs her lead to second place was 0.83 seconds.

Kimberley Bos from the Netherlands celebrated her best World Cup result so far. Her first and so far only podium finish in the World Cup dates back to 2017 with third place in PyeongChang.

Third place at the IBSF World Cup was surprisingly taken by debutant and local hero Endija Terauda from Latvia (1.40 seconds behind). The overall runner-up in the 2019-2020 IBSF Europe Cup relegated Anna Fernstadt of Czech Republic to fourth place by one hundredth of a second.

World champion Tina Hermann of Germany finished seventh at the World Cup opener, ahead of teammate and World Cup titleholder Jacqueline Lolling and European champion Elena Nikitina of Russia on ranks eight and nine.

For the first time, all three medal winners of the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games (YOG) competed together in Sigulda. Youth Olympic champion Ashley Pittaway of Britain finished 12th, YOG runner-up Hannah Neise of Germany, fifth after the first run, finished 13th at her World Cup debut. Bronze medalist Agathe Bessard from France finished 16th. Enditem

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