Axel Jungk second in Winterberg ahead of Sungbin Yun
Winterberg (RWH) Skeleton athlete Alexander Tretiakov of Russia has clinched his first World Cup victory in nearly two years in Winterberg (GER). At the second round of the BMW IBSF World Cup, the 2014 Olympic Champion took to the top step of the podium for the first time since January 2017. Tretiakov’s only other World Cup victory in Winterberg came back in February 2007.
Germany’s Axel Jungk finished second in Winterberg (0.83 seconds back) ahead of Olympic Champion Sungbin Yun (KOR, 0.84 seconds adrift). Jungk, who finished second in the overall World Cup standings last year, improved from fifth place in first heat to a podium finish.
In the overall standings of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019, Alexander Tretiakov and Nikita Tregubov (both RUS) are tied in first place on 417 points after two of eight races. Season opener winner Tregubov finished fourth in Winterberg. Defending World Cup champion Sungbin Yun is in third place overall with 400 points.
Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2018
Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, Olympic Champion 2014, World Champion 2013)
“It has been almost two years since I last won a World Cup, so I’m just really happy today. The start is extremely important in Winterberg. That’s my strength, but usually something else has gone wrong here. Finally everything worked out great today.”
Axel Jungk (GER, World Championship runner-up 2017, overall World Cup runner-up 2018)
“I have no idea why my second run was so much better. The first one was actually pretty good. It was a good run for me mentally in terms of the internal competition. The season didn't get off to a great start.”
Sungbin Yun (KOR, Olympic Champion in 2018, overall World Cup winner 2018)
“I’m delighted to finish on the podium. The competition is closer than ever this year.”
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