Wales' Adele Nicoll, has won a silver medal in the bobleigh World Cup in Latvia.

The medal represents Britain's first in women's bobsleigh for 13 years and boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The Powys star and new breakwoman joined Mica McNeill in representing Britain and claimed second, just 0.22 seconds behind USA. Nicoll, 24, who started her career as a shot putter before switching to bobsled last year, was making only her second World Cup start.

The medal marked a superb start to the year for the Welshpool athlete in only her second World Cup start.

Nicoll said: "I'm just so happy that I could help Mica get such a good result. I feel so confident sliding behind her and I'm glad to have given her the start she needed to get on to the podium."

"I've had such an incredible journey with team DHL McNeill so far and I'm excited for what's to come and our mission to get to the Olympic Games."

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The duo will now turn their attention to the next World Cup events in Winterburg and St Moritz and Welsh ace Nicoll, who is also a talented shot putter, added: "I'm just so happy that I could help Mica get such a good result.

"I feel so confident sliding behind her and I'm glad to have given her the start she needed to get onto the podium".

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