Königssee (RWH): Skeleton athlete Martins Dukurs (LAT) has won his fifth World Championship gold at the 2017 BMW IBSF World Championships in Königssee (GER). At the end of the four runs, the Latvian athlete had a 0.37-second lead over Axel Jungk from the host team in Germany. With the best time in the final run, Jungk moved from fourth place to second place, securing the silver medal and his first ever World Championship medal in front of a home crowd.
Junior World Champion Nikita Tregybov of Russia (0.54 seconds back) won bronze, making it onto the list of World Championship medal winners for the first time. Ahead of the final run, Olympic Champion Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) was in third place before falling back into fourth place behind his team mate Tregybov after the fourth run in Königssee.
The old and new World Champion Martins Dukurs has been on the starting line at all eight World Championship title races since 2008. He won his first World Championship gold in 2011, which also took place in Königssee. Four further wins followed in 2012, 2015, 2016 and now 2017.
The Italian Mattia Gaspari in ninth, Dave Greszczyszyn (CAN) in tenth and Rhys Thornbury of New Zealand in eleventh all celebrated their best results to date at the 2017 BMW IBSF World Championships. ©RWH2017
Martins Dukurs (LAT, World Champion 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 + 2017, Olympic silver medallist 2010 + 2014, winner of Overall World Cup 2010-2016)
„I at the same time hate and love the Königssee track. It is very technical and you have to read it right. Today I was really lucky, especially my fourth run was awful. But that’s the past, luckily for me also the other guys made mistakes. Thank you to my team and all who always come and cheer for us!“
Axel Jungk (GER, World Championships silver 2017, third place in the overall World Cup in 2015)
“I never expected to do this well. I didn’t really have any plans ahead of the final run. Before I set off, I went through the track ten or even twenty times in my head, by which point all I wanted was to do my best.”
Nikita Tregybov (RUS, World Championships bronze 2017, Junior World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017)
„I am happy with Bronze, this is my first ever World Championships medal. But I am also unhappy that I lost one place, as I was second ahead of the final run. I would like to know and learn, at which parts of the track Axel Jungk was so much faster.“
Photo: Viesturs Lacis