BMW IBSF World Championships: Fourth World Championship gold for Martins Dukurs
Innsbruck (RWH) Rising to the top of the all-time rankings with his fourth World Championship gold: At the 2016 BMW IBSF World Championships in Innsbruck (AUT), the skeleton pilot Martins Dukurs of Latvia has added to his victories in 2011, 2012 and 2015 by taking his fourth title, more than any other skeleton pilot to date. By the final round, his lead over second place was 1.13 seconds.
Silver medal at the World Championships in Innsbruck was awarded to two athletes: Following four rounds and almost five kilometres on the Olympic ice track, the Olympic Champion Alexander Tretyakov of Russia and Korea’s Sungbin Yun recorded identical times to the nearest hundredth of a second. Tretyakov, the 2013 World Champion, achieved his third silver medal while Yun won the first World Championship medal in skeleton for Korea.
Martins Dukurs has collected five World Championship medals in his career to date, with his four gold medals joined by a silver in 2013. Christian Auer (AUT) also holds five World Championship medals (gold in 1991, two silver, two bronze). Only Gregor Stähli of Switzerland has won more medals (three gold, three silver, two bronze).
Complete results lists showing all race times and overall times in the BMW IBSF World Championships 2016 in Innsbruck www.ibfs.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), on the official IBSF page, and on the IBSF Facebook group.
Martins Dukurs (LAT, 2014 Olympic silver medallist, World Champion 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
“This is also a special day for me. After his third World Championship win, Gregor Stähli said that was it. That’s not the case for me. But this win doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to the entire team. Thank you to everyone!”
Alexander Tretyakov (RUS, 2014 Olympic Champion, World Champion 2013)
„Silver is great but I could have been better and, tob e true, I wanted more. Unfortunately I had not so much racing practice in this season.“
Sungbin Yun (KOR, currently second overall in the BMW IBSF World Cup, eighth at the 2015 World Championships)
“I don’t know what to say. This is a great day for me and my country. I’m very happy.”
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