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Alexander Gassner in second at BMW IBSF World Cup ahead of Axel Jungk

Winterberg (RWH): The Olympic Champion in the men’s skeleton, Sungbin Yun of Korea, has won at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg. On what was his tenth World Cup victory, the overall winner from 2018 pushed the two German athletes Alexander Gassner (0.05 seconds back) and Axel Jungk (0.08 seconds behind) back into second and third place. For Gassner, it was his best ever result in BMW IBSF World Cup.

And the entire skeleton World Cup race in Winterberg was just as close as the final results demonstrate: After heat one, a mere 0.05 seconds separated the four athletes from third to sixth place. While Gassner and Jungk managed to make it onto the podium in the end, World Champion Martins Dukurs (LAT) fell back into fourth place during heat two. The Junior World Champion Felix Keisinger (GER) finished in fifth.

Taking a surprise second place at the end of the first heat, Jisoo Kim of Korea ended up celebrating his best ever result in the BMW IBSF World Cup in sixth.

One athlete making an impressive World Cup debut was Amedeo Bagnis of Italy. The 20-year-old athlete finished what was just his ninth IBSF race ever in 11th place out of 30 starters in total.

Axel Jungk (GER, 617 points) climbed the rankings to take over the top spot in the overall standings for the 2019/2020 BMW/IBSF World Cup. Martins Dukurs (LAT, 612) is second overall. After finishing seventh in Winterberg, the defending title holder Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 593) was forced to give up the yellow starting bib and will start the fourth World Cup race in third overall. 

Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2020

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