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NIkitina and Tregubov win first ever Skeleton Team Event

Sochi (RWH) World Champion Elena Nikitina (Women’s Skeleton), Overall World Cup winner Alexander Tretiakov (Men’s Skeleton), 2017 European Championships silver medallist Nadezhda Sergeeva (2-woman Bobsleigh), junior athlete Rostislav Gaitiukevich (2-man Bobsleigh) and Maxim Andrianov (4-man Bobsleigh) are the Russian Champions 2019. Elena Nikitina and Nikita Tregubov won the first-ever Skeleton Team Championships. As the Bobsleigh Federation of Russia announced, the Championships this year enjoyed the highest participation ever.

In Sochi’s Sanki Sliding Center, Overall World Cup Champion Elena Nikitina won her fifth title in Women’s Skeleton. 2017 Junior World champion Yulia Kanakina had the best start times ans finished just 0,20 seconds behind with silver. The bronze medal went to 2018Junior European Champion Alina Tararychenkova.

Sochi Olympic Champion Alexander Tretiakov celebrated his eighth Russian championships title in Men’s Skeleton. 2016 Youth Olympic Champion Evgeniy Rukosuev finished in the silver medal position, and the third place went to PyeongChang Olympic silver medallist Nikita Tregubov.

A skeleton team race was introduced for the first time as part of the Russian championships program. This event saw Elena Nikitina and Nikita Tregubov finish in the very front of the field, Renata Khuzina and Alexander Tretiakov were second, and the bronze medal ended up going to Alyona Frolova and Evgeniy Rukosuev.

Nadezhda Sergeeva/Anna Parfyonova won the title in 2-woman Bobsleigh. The silver medals were shared between the teams piloted by Alyona Ossipenko and Polina Nazaruk, who had the same finish times down to a hundred of a second.

In the 2-man Bobsleigh race, the 2019 Junior World Championships Bronze medallist Rostislav Gaitiukevich celebrated a sensational victory over Olympians Alexey Stulnev and Maxim Andrianov.

In 4-man Bobsleigh, the team of pilot Maxim Andrianov captured the title with silver and bronze awarded to Alexey Stulnev and Svyatoslav Fomin, respectively.

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