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Athletics: KRISSED OFF; WINTER OLYMPICS: BRITAIN'S HOPES OF A DREAM DOUBLE SLIDE AWAY Bromley fails to match Shelley's silver charge.

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KRISTAN BROMLEY failed to emulate the achievements of his girlfriend Shelley Rudman when he finished out of the medals in the men's skeleton.

Just 24 hours after watching Shelley grab silver, Bromley - one of the pre-race favourites - was lying in third position after the first run but made mistakes on two bends and eventually finished fifth.

And British No.2 Adam Pengilly (pictured right) also made errors as he slipped from fourth to eighth.

Bromley said: "My mistake on curve 14 probably cost me a medal but it was the right decision to go for it. I gave absolutely everything and was fifth, which I am pleased about but gutted I missed a medal."

And Pengilly also admitted he was annoyed with himself for not capitalising on his medal chance.

"I'm gutted because I had a solid first run and I got the opportunity but I didn't take it," he said.

"I should have done better and I am thoroughly annoyed with myself."

Canadian Duff Gibson took gold with compatriot Jeff Pain in second place followed by Gregor Staelhi of Switzerland in third.

Despite yesterday's disappointment, the mood in the camp is still high following Rudman's silver medal charge.

And her second place in Cesana is set to secure a significant increase in funding for the British Bob Skeleton Association while she hopes that her performance will inspire future generations of Olympians.

"I hope my silver medal has put skeleton on the map and secured more funding for it because we are doing very well despite being at a disadvantage," Rudman said.

"In Europe skeleton is really big and you see kids on the tracks just as you would see them at athletics clubs here. They do it in school lessons whereas we have to travel abroad."

Without a home track to train on beyond the University of Bath's pushstart facility, the 24-year-old from Wiltshire is forced to spend much of her time abroad. And she admitted the travelling got so gruelling she considered moving abroad.

"I considered moving abroad last year but now I think I've proved I'm able to adapt," she added. "The flip side is we tend to be better at adapting to new tracks than some of our rivals but we are up against so much that for any of us to break into the top 10 is a great result."

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CLOSE SHAVE: Shelley's boyfriend Kristan Bromley on his way to fifth place' JUMP TO IT: Shelley wants her success to inspire others to take up the winter sport
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2006
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