Lizzy Yarnold claims skeleton gold for Team GB at Winter Olympics with Laura Deas taking bronze

Lizzy Yarnold defended her skeleton title to win Team GB's first gold medal in Pyeongchang and become the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympics title.

Lizzy Yarnold defended her Winter Olympic skeleton title in sensational fashion with a track record on her final run in Pyeongchang.

Yarnold stormed down the Olympic Sliding Centre track in 51.46 seconds, beating the track record she set on Friday, and then watched third-run leader Janine Flock make a mess of her final run.

Flock’s disappointment was compounded as she dropped out of the medals completely, meaning a second British medal with Laura Deas claiming bronze.

Deas had taken the lead on her final run, but was narrowly overtaken by Germany’s Jacqueline Lolling, whose powerful finish briefly took her into top spot.

But Lolling’s cumulative time was no match for Yarnold, who found time at the start and continued to make more ground throughout her final slide, while making no obvious mistakes.

That left Flock as Yarnold’s sole competition for gold, but the Austrian got off to a slow start and was not making up any time when she had a hard hit midway down the track.

Yarnold’s cumulative time was 0.45s quicker than Lolling with Deas a further 0.17s behind in the bronze medal place.

Great Britain have now won the last three women’s skeleton golds, with Yarnold preceded by Amy Williams, who was the victor in Vancouver eight years ago.