The first Belgian ever: Kim Meylemans is European champion in the skeleton | More Sports

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Kim Meylemans (27) has won the European Championship gold in the skeleton in Latvia. History, because she is the very first Belgian to be crowned European champion in the skeleton.

The European title battle was settled at the World Cup competition in Sigulda, Latvia. Meylemans came second, 28 hundredths behind the Canadian Mirela Rahneva. Germany’s Hannah Neise finished third at 31 hundredths. So Meylemans is the best of the European participants, good for the European Championship gold medal.

After a first run in 51.64, Meylemans had the entire lead, but in the second run she recorded the eighth fastest time with 51.74. It was just enough to hold onto the European gold. Olympic champion Neise took three hundredths of silver, the British Amelia Colman took eleven hundredths of bronze.

Kim Meylemans. © ANP / EPA

“It’s a job that suits me. Very technical and difficult, which is to my advantage. Many girls are afraid to go down Sigulda, but I am happy that they are holding the European Championships here. The plan is to finish in the medals,” she said beforehand.

The European Championships are part of the World Cup classification. Meylemans is now second with 1,042 points. There will be further races in Altenberg, Germany and Lake Placid in the US. In between is the World Cup in Winterberg (Germany).

What is skeleton?
In the skeleton, the athlete slides down a bobsleigh track lying on his stomach and head first on a sled. At immense speeds, often reaching 120 kilometers per hour and more. Dare is a code word, as is entering the challenging bends technically perfectly.

READ ALSO. “I don’t have a budget of four million but I do my best”: skeletoni Kim Meylemans about the budget, prize money and the European Championship

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Kim Meylemans.
Kim Meylemans. © ANP / EPA

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