ISLE of Wight athlete Kim Murray broke a four-year-old track record on her way to a top eight finish in the women’s World Cup skeleton in the Austrian Tyrol yesterday (Friday).

Kim clocked a stunning time of 53.70 seconds in Run 2 to smash Tina Hermann’s top time from 2016, to record the second-best result of her career to date.

Sitting 16th at the halfway point, the 31-year-old enjoyed a lengthy spell in the leader’s box before Canada’s Mimi Rahneva eventually overhauled her, before race winner Jacqueline Loelling took away her track record at the death.

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Murray missed out on equaling her highest-ever World Cup finish of seventh from Calgary 11 months ago, by just four hundredths of a second and just five hundredths away from a first-ever wider podium place allocated to the top six sliders.

The former long jumper’s overall time of 1 min 48.07 secs left her 37 hundredths from a medal as she went a remarkable 67 hundredths of a second quicker in her second run (53.70) than she did in her first (54.37). 

The result is easily Murray’s best of the season so far after she previously placed 18th in La Plagne and 19th and 22nd in the double header in Lake Placid.

Murray’s impressive showing came on the back of an outstanding morning for the British Skeleton programme.