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Annabel so close to a medal

Bobsled girl finished fourth on Youth Olympic Games debut in Norway

Malcolm Howe



Annabel so close to a medal

Annabel Chaffey

A FRACTION of a second was all that separated Annabel Chaffey from a medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

The 17-year old from Hamstead Marshall finished fourth in the women’s monobob after going into the second heat holding the silver medal position in the games in Norway.

Reaching speeds topping 67mph, she was just 0.02 seconds behind leader Mercedes Schulte from Austria as she headed Britain’s challenge with Kelsea Purchall just behind her in fourth spot.

The top four shuffled places in the second heat, which saw Germany’s Laura Nolte rise from third to first to claim the gold medal with a run of 58.73 seconds.

Chaffey, whjo clocked 58,68 on her first run, clocked 59.14 in the second and was edged out of the top three by her British colleague Purchall, whose 58.97 left her 0.25 seconds ahead of Chaffey with Schulte claiming the silver medal.

It was still a memorable Youth Olympics debut for the Park House pupil, who was part of monobob’s first appearance at the games, with the result that the discipline is likely to be introduced to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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