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Lizzy Yarnold claims European gold

Kent's Lizzie Yarnold has won European gold Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

OIympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has claimed the European title in Austria.

The 26-year-old from Kent was fastest in both runs at Igls to beat home competitor Janine Flock and fellow Briton Rose McGrandle.

She also triumphed in the World Cup event held at the same venue on Saturday. She is third in the overall World Cup standings heading into the final round in Sochi - 53 points behind leader Flock.

The European Championships had been moved to Igls after weather problems forced the cancellation of the scheduled event at La Plagne in France.

It was the 26-year-old Briton's second gold medal in as many days Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Kent's Lizzy Yarnold to receive MBE from the Queen

Kent's Lizzy Yarnold will receive an MBE from the Queen today Credit: ITV News

Kent's Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will be awarded an MBE by the Queen today for services to her sport after she slid to victory at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

The athlete became a household name after she won Team GB's first gold medal of the Games, cruising to victory after leading the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire four-race event.<

The 26-year-old lives who grew up in West Kingsdown took over the crown of Olympic champion from her landlady - former British skeleton athlete Amy Williams.

Yarnold also won the skeleton World Cup in the 2013/14 season, reaching the podium in every race, and her feats have seen her shortlisted for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

She will be honoured for services to skeleton racing at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.


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Fans greet Gold Olympian Lizzy Yarnold on bus tour

Thousands of people lined the streets of Kent today as Britain's gold medal winning Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold was given a hero's welcome during an open-top bus parade in her home county.

Cheering fans waved Union flags as the Skeleton champion passed through villages and schools around Sevenoaks on an open-top bus wearing her gold medal and Team GB tracksuit. Andrea Thomas joined her on board.


World-beater Lizzy shows off her medal

Lizzy Yarnold displays her gold medal on her tour through Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent's Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold is touring Sevenoaks with her gold medal.

Our reporter Andrea Thomas is in Sevenoaks and is sending us pictures of Lizzy Yarnold's victory tour.

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