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Nikita Tregubov secures silver ahead of Olympic Champion Sungbin Yun with bronze

Whistler (RWH): The skeleton athlete Martins Dukurs of Latvia has won his sixth World Championship title in the men’s skeleton. After four heats at the BMW IBSF World Championships in Whistler (CAN), the 34-year-old athlete finished with a 0.51-second lead over second place, giving him the World Championship title for 2019 alongside his previous titles from 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The 2010 and 2014 Olympic silver medallist was the fastest slider in all four heats and even set a new track record for Whistler Sliding Center during the second heat with a time of 51.91 seconds. In the final heat, Dukurs achieved a new starting record (4.47 seconds), beating the old benchmark set by Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The silver medal at the 2019 BMW IBSF World Championships went to Nikita Tregubov. The Russian athlete won the silver medal at the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018 and now takes home his second World Championship medal after winning bronze in Königssee (GER) in 2017.

Third place and World Championship bronze went to the Olympic Champion Sungbin Yun of Korea (0.88 seconds back).

Christopher Grotheer of Germany – the surprise second-place-holder after the first heat in Whistler – missed out on a medal by just 0.10 seconds in fourth place. Tomass Dukurs (LAT), the elder of the two Dukurs brothers, dropped from third place to fifth in the fourth heat. The overall winner of the men’s skeleton World Cup Alexander Tretiakov finished the 2019 BMW IBSF World Championships in sixth place.

Further information including the World Championships results are available at ©RWH2019

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