BMW IBSF World Championships 2017: Martins Dukurs the half-time leader in men's skeleton
Nikita Tregybov and Axel Jungk second and third after two of four heats
Königssee (RWH) Skeleton athlete Martins Dukurs from Latvia is on course for World Championship gold at half-time in the BMW IBSF World Championships 2017 at Königssee (GER). The defending World Champion is 0,76 seconds ahead of Junior World Champion Nikita Tregybov from Russia, who is currently second. Axel Jungk of World Championships host team Germany is third, 0,86 seconds back, ahead of the second race day with another two runs.
Behind the leading trio, Olympic Champion Alexander Tretiakov from Russia (RUS, 0,90 seconds back), and Alexander Gassner (GER, 0,97 seconds back) are fourth and fifth with still the chance to win a medal.
Wenqiang Geng from China, fourth overall in IBSF Intercontinentalcup 2016/2017, at his World Championships premiere is currently 20th. So he has a good chance to reach the final fourth run of the best 20 athletes on his favourite track Königssee.
Heats three and four in the men’s skeleton will be raced on Sunday, 26 February at 8.30 am and 10.30 am CET. ©RWH2017
Martins Dukurs (LAT, World Champion 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, Olympic Silver Medallist 2010 and 2014, Winner of Overall World Cup 2010-2016)
„I tested a lot in the last time and I think I chose the right sled today. I am happy with the pushs and the runs were good. I did not expect to be ahead so much but the others made some mistakes. That’s sports.“
Axel Jungk (GER, 4th at 2016 World Championships, 3rd in 2015 Overall World Cup)
„The second run showed me what is possible. But nothing is yet decided. The gap to first place is too big already, but maybe not to rank two. The Kreisel is my big problem, here I have to figure out what to do.“
Nikita Tregybov (RUS, 2015, 2016, 2017 Junior World Champion)
„I would love to again manage two good and solid runs on Sunday. And I want to start fast as today.“
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