CHIPPENHAM'S Laura Deas won World Cup silver in Sigulda on Friday afternoon to round off a sensational season for British Skeleton.

Deas registered her best World Cup result for eight years just hours after Matt Weston and Marcus Wyatt won gold and silver in the men’s event at the same track.

The 2018 Olympic medalist clocked a combined time of 1 minute 43.70 seconds in the final top-tier race of the season to better the bronze medal she won in Park City in the second competition of the campaign back in December.

Deas sat fourth at halfway but came within a whisker of a second ever World Cup gold as she finished just five hundredths of a second behind race winner and overall World Cup winner Tina Hermann in Latvia. The result was the 34-year-old’s best in World Cup competition since she won gold in Altenberg in November 2015.

Speaking post-race, Deas said: "I'm really, really happy. It was an exciting one and could have gone either way at the end.

"It's great to feel like I can be this competitive even when my runs aren't perfect. I haven't felt that way for a long time. It was also good to feel so competitive on the push as well.

"I'd have loved to have won, but I'm extremely proud to be finishing the season in this way."