BMW IBSF World Cup: Defending titleholder Martins Dukurs with track record to third win of season
Innsbruck (RWH): Defending World Cup winner Martins Dukurs of Latvia is on his way to his eighth consecutive overall victory in the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup. The seventh of the season’s eight races was held in Innsbruck-Igls (AUT) and saw Martin Dukurs break his own track record set during his victory at the 2016 World Championships by over two tenths of a second. At 51.88 seconds, the new time to beat is now under 52 seconds for the first time.
On his second run in Innsbruck, Olympic Champion Alexander Tretiakov of Russia (0.58 seconds behind) pushed Sungbin Yun of Korea (0.68 seconds back) into third place.
Ahead of the World Cup final and Olympic trials in PyeongChang (KOR) in March (which will follow on from the BMW IBSF World Championships), Martins Dukurs (LAT, 1437 points) has moved ahead of previous leader Sungbin Yun (KOR, 1413) in the overall standings for the BMW IBSF World Cup. The overall World Cup victory could go to either of the two athletes: If he finishes in second place at the final race, Martins Dukurs will secure his eighth overall win. On the other hand, if Sungbin Yun takes the victory in PyeongChang and Dukurs finishes in third place or lower, Yun would move past the Latvian and secure the first ever skeleton World Cup victory for Korea. Axel Jungk (GER, 1280 points), currently in third place in the BMW IBSF World Cup, is trailing Martins Dukurs by 157 points ahead of the final. ©RWH2017
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