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Britain's Lizzy Yarnold strikes gold again to make Winter Olympics history

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning gold in the Women's Skeleton at the Alpensia Sliding Centre during day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. David Davies/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning gold in the Women's Skeleton at the Alpensia Sliding Centre during day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. David Davies/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold competes in the women's skeleton heat 3 run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold competes in the women's skeleton heat 3 run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain slides during the Women's Skeleton heat three on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain celebrates as she wins gold during the Women's Skeleton on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain slides during the Women's Skeleton final run on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Women's Skeleton on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Lizzy Yarnold overcame dizzy spells to win a second successive women's skeleton gold medal and become the first Briton to defend a Winter Olympics title.

The 29-year-old Sochi 2014 champion trailed leader Janine Flock of Austria entering the fourth and final run, where she overhauled the deficit to win by 0.45 seconds.

British team-mate Laura Deas claimed bronze by 0.02secs as Britain won two medals in the same event for the first time in Winter Olympics history.

Yarnold trailed by 0.10 overnight after complaining of being dizzy, but cut the deficit as overnight leader Jacqueline Loelling of Germany slipped back to third place after the third run.

The Briton trailed Flock by 0.02 ahead of the fourth and final run, meaning Yarnold was the penultimate slider to take to the track and had to watch her rival's run.

Yarnold clocked a track record of 51.46 to lead by a commanding fashion and Flock floundered, relinquishing her spot on the podium to spark jubilant celebrations among a sizeable British contingent at the Olympic Sliding Centre.

Britain have now equalled their record Winter Games medal tally of four - and there are plenty of further opportunities to come.

It is the first time ever Britain have won three Winter Olympic medals in the same day, overtaking the record two from Chamonix in 1924.

And Yarnold is now Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian.

Only figure skaters Jeannette Altwegg and pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who have one gold medal and one bronze each, also have multiple medals for Britain.

And now Yarnold is in an exclusive club all of her own.

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