World Champion Dukurs in second ahead of defending World Cup holder Tretiakov
Lake Placid (RWH): Skeleton athlete Axel Jungk of Germany has celebrated his second ever World Cup victory at the opening race in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup. The three-time winner of the Team World Championships secured the best time in the second heat in Lake Placid (USA), putting him at the top of the field.
Second place went to World Champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia. The eight-time overall World Cup winner finished 0.12 seconds behind Jungk in the end. The 2014 Olympic Champion and defending World Cup holder Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) secured third place in Lake Placid.
The biggest leap up the field in the second heat came from Alexander Gassner (GER). After starting the second heat in eleventh place, the German athlete then managed to climb to fourth.
He was followed directly by teammate and Junior World Champion Felix Keisinger (GER) in fifth place. In what was just his fifth ever World Cup race, the 21-year-old even managed to finish the first heat in a surprising first place.
The Youth Olympic Champion Evgeniy Rukosuev of Russia broke into the World Cup top ten for the first time, finishing ninth in Lake Placid.
Following the first race in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup, the overall standings are led by Axel Jungk (GER, 225 points) ahead of Martins Dukurs (LAT, 210) and Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 200).