BMW IBSF World Championships in Innsbruck: Martins Dukurs on course for gold at half-time
Innsbruck (RWH) At half-time in the World Championships in Innsbruck (AUT), skeleton slider Martins Dukurs of Latvia looks set to defend his title and collect his fourth World Championship gold medal after 2011, 2012 and 2015. After the second of the four runs in the BMW IBSF World Championships Bob + Skeleton 2016, Dukurs, who took silver at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, has a 0.53 second lead on Russia’s Olympic Champion Alexander Tretyakov. Sungbin Yun of Korea is in third (0.55 seconds behind) before the final runs on Friday, 19 February at 3.30 pm and 5.15 pm CET.
Athletes from five nations are in the top ten behind the leading trio. Axel Jungk of Germany is fourth 0.85 seconds behind, followed by Tomass Dukurs (LAT), Nikita Tregybov (RUS), Kilian von Schleinitz (GER), Nathan Crumpton (USA), Michael Zachrau (GER) and Dominic Edward Parsons (GBR).
Complete results lists showing all race times and overall times in the BMW IBSF World Championships 2016 in Innsbruck can be found at ibfs.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), on the official IBSF website, and on the IBSF Facebook group.©RWH2015-2016
Martins Dukurs (LAT, silver at 2014 Olympics, 2011, 2012 and 2015 World Champion)
“I’m really happy with my first run. I made a couple of errors in the second run, so I need to right those tomorrow.”
Alexander Tretyakov (RUS, 2014 Olympic Champion, 2013 World Champion)
“My motivation and my mood are excellent after the silver medal in the team competition. There were a couple of small errors in the runs, but I know what I need to do.”
Sungbin Yun (KOR, currently overall second in the BMW IBSF World Cup, eighth in 2015 World Championships)
“My first run was better. I definitely want to start well again tomorrow, and then go for the attack.”
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