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Olympics: Yarnold wins Britain's first gold at Sochi

Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain earned her country's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday with victory in the skeleton.

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain earned her country's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday with victory in the skeleton.

The 25-year-old, who led the event after the two opening runs, produced two more consistent rounds to clock a combined time of 3min 52.89sec to finish 0.97sec ahead of second-placed Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.

In her third heat, Yarnold, who repeated the triumph at the 2010 Vancouver Games of compatriot Amy Williams, set a new track record with a time of 57.91sec.

Russia's 2013 European champion Elena Nikitina was third with a time of 3:54.30.

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