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Issued:29/02/08

Sheffield Hallam University's 'Ice King' Kristan Bromley has been crowned Britain's first bobsled world champion after an amazing season of success.

The honorary professor added the World Championships to World Cup and European Championship titles, completing an historic treble. It is the first time in the history of the sport that an athlete has won all three major titles in one season.

Bromley, 35, said: "It's been a remarkable season and to be the first Brit to win the title of world champion and the first person in history to win the triple crown of titles is really as good as it gets.

"It's probably my single biggest achievement and it was definitely the hardest race of my career because I was constantly under so much pressure from the other guys.

"We needed to make all the right technical calls and it was very much a team effort. To have won all three titles is probably something that will never be repeated and it makes me incredibly proud."

Kristan joined the University's Centre for Sports and Exercise Science (CSES) in 2006 with his coach and brother Richard Bromley. He has been working with a team of top sports engineers from the centre modelling the aerodynamics of his equipment, to help shave crucial hundredths of a second off his times.

The innovation has paid off with Kristan claiming his new sled is helping him to achieve fast times.

The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) boasts one of the largest physical activity and sport-related portfolios of research expertise in Europe. It has a wide range of clients from the public and private sector including Adidas, Great Britain's diving and speedskating teams and Sport England.

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