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Skeleton: Flock continued the successful streak at the European Championships with a silver medal

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The 33-year-old Tyrolean won silver on Friday on the challenging track in Altenberg. In only her third race after a long injury-related failure, Flock was only beaten by the German Tina Hermann. Since bronze in 2013, she has always returned home from European Championships with a medal.

Flock only made her comeback on January 6th after a four-month break due to an injury to an intervertebral disc and immediately made it back to the top of the world. At the race in Altenberg, which counted as a World Cup and European Championship, Flock was 0.17 seconds behind Hermann after the first run and 0.04 behind Canadian Mirela Rahneva, who did not count for the European Championship ranking.

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In the tight second round, the hundredths were on their side. While Hermann confidently drove to gold with a lead of 0.62 seconds, Flock with the third best time withstood the attack of the German local hero Susanne Kreher by 0.01 seconds, Rahneva was another hundredth behind.

Flock now holds three European championship titles (2014 Königssee, 2016 St. Moritz, 2019 Igls), four European Championship silver medals (2015 Igls, 2017 Winterberg, 2022 St. Moritz, 2023 Altenberg) and three bronze medals (2013 Igls, 2018 Igls, 2020 Sigulda). , 2021 Winterberg). Flock will continue next week with the World Championships in St. Moritz, where she can have a good chance of winning her fourth World Championships medal.

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In the men’s category, Alexander Schlintner was the best Austrian, 1.63 seconds behind, as twelfth in the World Cup and sixth at the European Championships. “All in all, I’m quite satisfied with the event, even if there were a few mistakes. Sixth place in the European Championship ranking is really cool for me,” said Schlintner. Florian Auer (+2.02) finished 15th and 9th. EM gold went to Briton Matt Westen ahead of German Olympic and World Champion Christopher Grotheer (+0.35) and his compatriot Axel Jungk (+0.38 ).

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