February 17, 2018 / 12:29 PM / 10 months ago

Skeleton: Austria's Flock nearest to gold in close women's final

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Skeleton - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Finals - Olympic Sliding Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Janine Flock of Austria competes. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Austria’s Janine Flock was closest to gold with a slender lead of two hundredths of a second in the women’s skeleton with one run remaining at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Flock has clocked two minutes, 35.80 seconds over her three runs with Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold 0.02 seconds behind the Austrian armed forces corporal, while Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling, who led the first two heats, was in third.

A gold from Flock would be the first time an Austrian woman has won an Olympic medal in the skeleton. British women have won medals at every skeleton event since the sport was reintroduced to the Games in 2002.

An initially good run from defending Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold was slowed by a hit against the wall ahead of one of the last curves at the Olympic Sliding Center.

Reporting by James Pearson; editing by Clare Lovell

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