NZ's Eustace misses out on top-10 in skeleton

19:36, Feb 14 2014
Katharine Eustace
TOP-11 FINISH: Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.

For three racers, New Zealand's Katharine Eustace shared the top spot on the podium with Canada's Melissa Hollingsworth in the women's skeleton.

Then the top-10 started.

Eustace clocked 58.54 seconds in her fourth and final run down the Sanki Sliding Center track, tieing Hollingsworth with an overall time of 3 minutes 56.21 seconds for their four runs.

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman, Australia's Michelle Steele and Germany's Marion Thees were all unable to bump the pair from the top spot, before they fell back to 11th-equal as the rest of the field completed their medal round runs.

Eustace, a 38-year-old physiotherapist from Wanaka, improved her times in all four runs - going from 59.52 seconds in her first run yesterday to 58.54 seconds in her last run. She was 14th after each of the first three runs.

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold claimed gold, from USA's Noelle Pikus-Pace and Russia's Elena Nikitina.