Britain's Matt Weston claimed a huge victory by 1.79sec in the men's skeleton at the IBSF World Championships ©IBSF

Germany's Susanne Kreher triumphed in the women's skeleton in dramatic fashion at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships in St. Moritz, while Britain's Matt Weston was utterly dominant in the men's skeleton.

Newly-crowned European champion Weston was fastest on all four runs across the two days of competition on the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun in the Swiss resort.

He led Italy's Amedeo Bagnis by 1.13sec overnight after runs of 1min 7.8sec and 1:06.88 yesterday.

Weston picked up where he left off with a 1:07.81 on the third, and completed a sensational victory with a 1:06.94 on the fourth.

He finished in 4:28.71, beating Bagnis by a huge margin of 1.79.

Jung Seung-gi of South Korea was 0.01 outside the top three after the first day, and runs of 1:08.31 and 1:07.59 allowed him to leapfrog Britain's Marcus Wyatt with a time of 4:31.17.

Briton Craig Thompson missed out on a medal by just 0.01, with Wyatt fifth in 4:31.38.

Defending world and Olympic champion Christopher Grotheer of Germany has finished in the top two of the last four IBSF World Cup events, but had to settle for 10th in 4:32.85.

Weston was ecstatic after his victory.

"It’s an amazing feeling. It’s an absolute dream to be world champion," he said.

"I can’t really describe it, to be honest.

"It’s pretty special.

"I knew that I had a good chance after winning the last two World Cups in Altenberg but to actually come here and make it a reality is incredible.

"To do it at the birthplace of the sport as well makes it even more memorable."

The women's race was settled by just one-hundredths of a second, with Kreher holding on to her overnight lead.

Kimberley Bos of The Netherlands was fourth after the first day, but clocked the quickest time on both runs on the second day with 1:08.48 and 1:08.18 efforts.

She set the time to beat at 4:33.58, and last year's junior world champion Kreher notched 1:08.42 on her fourth to spark wild scenes in the German camp.

Germany's Susanne Kreher won the women's skeleton title by just 0.01sec ©IBSF
Germany's Susanne Kreher won the women's skeleton title by just 0.01sec ©IBSF

Canada's Mirela Rahneva was second at the halfway stage, but a 1:09.08 third run all but ended her gold medal hopes.

However, a 1:08.56 fourth run helped her to hold onto third place in 4:33.41.

Austria's Janine Flock was 0.04 adrift of the podium.

Germany's Tina Hermann won this event at the last three World Championships, but had to settle for fifth in St. Moritz with 4:34.62.

Canada's Jane Channell slipped from third to sixth on the second day in 4:34.76, while reigning Olympic champion Hannah Neise of Germany placed 15th in 4:38.27.

Bobsleigh competition is due to begin tomorrow at the IBSF World Championships with the first two runs of the women's monobob and two-man events.