BMW IBSF World Cup: Alexander Tretyakov achieves victory ahead of Matt Antoine and Sungbin Yun
Lake Placid (RWH): Skeleton athlete Alexander Tretyakov of Russia has finished first in the second race of the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup. With temperatures falling a good 23 degrees below freezing, the Olympic Champion managed to keep his cool over the 27 other skeleton athletes in Lake Placid (USA) and push Matthew Antoine (USA, 0.43 seconds behind) into second place following two heats. The US team’s local hero managed to achieve his best World Cup result in three years. Matt Antoine celebrated his first ever World Cup victory in Lake Placid back in December 2013.
World Championship bronze medallist Sungbin Yun of Korea (0.45 seconds behind), winner of the opening World Cup race in Whistler (CAN), held a close lead following the first heat before eventually finishing in third.
Ander Mirambell of Spain and Rhys Thornbury of New Zealand both celebrated their best ever World Cup results in Lake Placid. Ander Mirambell's previous best result had been 14th place before he finished 13th in Lake Placid. Rhys Thornbury, whose personal best had previously been 16th place, ended up in 12th place in Lake Placid.
Alexander Tretyakov (RUS, 435 points) leads the overall standings for the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup following the second of eight races, followed by Sungbin Yun (KOR, 425) and Matthew Antoine (USA, 410). ©RWH2016-2017