Local hero Martins Dukurs second in Sigulda ahead of Sungbin Yun
Sigulda (RWH) Skeleton racer Nikita Tregubov of Russia, Olympic silver medallist at PyeongChang 2018, has taken his first victory in his 25th World Cup race. At the first BMW IBSF World Cup of the season in Sigulda (LAT), the four-time and reigning Junior World Champion set a new track record of 50.81 seconds on his way to the win.
The World Champion and eight-time overall World Cup winner Martins Dukurs of Latvia finished 0.37 seconds back in second place in front of his home crowd, which included President Raimonds Vējonis.
Olympic Champion Sungbin Yun of Korea finished the first BMW IBSF World Cup of the 2018/2019 season in third place, 0.53 seconds adrift.
Alexander Tretiakov (RUS), who won Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014, set a new starting record in Sigulda (4.55 seconds) and ended up in fourth place.
Felix Keisinger (GER) made a successful debut. The Intercontinental Cup winner of 2018 was one of the fastest starters in Sigulda and finished fifth in his first World Cup.
In the overall standings of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019, Nikita Tregubov (RUS, 225) leads after the first of eight races ahead of Martins Dukurs (LAT, 210) and Sungbin Yun (KOR, 200).
Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2018
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis