Updated: Thursday, 13 February 2014 17:51 | By Agence France-Presse

Briton Yarnold leads Olympic women's skeleton

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold led the Olympic Games women's skeleton event after the first two races at the Sochi Sanki sliding centre on Thursday.

Briton Yarnold leads Olympic women's skeleton

Elizabeth Yarnold takes part in a women's skeleton training session at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor on February 10, 2014 - by Lionel Bonaventure

This season's World Cup winner Yarnold, clocked a combined time of one min 56.89 sec for a 0.44sec lead over 2007 world champion Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.

In the first run 25-year-old Yarnold set a new track record with a time of 58.43sec.

Last year's European champion Elena Nikitina of Russia sits third after the first day, 0.11sec behind Pikus-Pace.

The skeleton Olympic medal will be decided with the third and fourth runs on Friday.

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