World Champion Dukurs second in Lake Placid ahead of Olympic Champion Yun
Lake Placid (RWH): The two men’s skeleton Olympic Champions Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 2014) and Sungbin Yun (KOR, 2018) remain neck and neck in the battle for the World Cup. Ahead of the BMW IBSF World Cup race in Lake Placid (USA), just a single point separated the leader Yun from Tretiakov in second place. However, by securing his third win of the season in Lake Placid, the Russian slid past the Korean athlete once again, giving him a 24-point lead ahead of the last two races of the World Cup season in Calgary (CAN, 22 to 24 February).
At the end of the two heats in Lake Placid, Alexander Tretiakov was 0.14 seconds quicker than the World Champion and eight-time World Cup winner Martins Dukurs of Latvia in second place. Sungbin Yun (KOR, 0.25 seconds back) finished the race in third.
The US athlete Greg West celebrated the best result of his career by finishing eighth in front of a home crowd.
The Junior World Champion and overall winner of the Intercontinental Cup, Felix Keisinger of Germany, recorded the quickest starting time during the first heat in Lake Placid. The 21-year-old even managed to beat the two Olympic Champions Tretiakov and Yun. Felix Keisinger eventually finished in eleventh in what was his third ever World Cup race.
Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 1269 points) has managed to retake the lead in the overall standings in the 2018/2019 BMW/IBSF World Cup, pushing the defending World Cup holder Sungbin Yun (KOR, 1245) back into second. The Olympic silver medallist Nikita Tregubov (RUS, 1161) remains third overall after finishing fourth in Lake Placid.
Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019