Axel Jungk second in Winterberg ahead of World Champion Christopher Grotheer
Winterberg (RWH) Skeleton European Champion Alexander Tretiakov from Russia celebrated his second victory of the Olympic season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg (GER). The 2014 Olympic Champion improved the track record, set by Martins Dukurs (LAT) at the 2015 World Championships, to 55.50 seconds.
The other two podium places in Winterberg went to the home team: Axel Jungk (GER, 0.29 seconds back), the 2020 World Championships silver medallist, finished second and celebrated his second podium in the 2020/2021 BMW IBSF World Cup after his victory in Altenberg the previous week. World Champion Christopher Grotheer (GER, 0.59 seconds back) was third and also defended his overall lead with the fourth podium in the fourth World Cup race of the winter.
Nikita Tregubov (RUS), the 2018 Olympic silver medallist in PyeongChang (KOR), missed his first podium since January 2020 in Winterberg. The 26-year-old dropped from third to sixth place in the second race run.
World Cup debutant Rin Kinoshita from Japan surprised in Winterberg in the first race run with the second-best start time. With 4.81 seconds he was faster in the first metres than the two Olympic champions Sungbin Yun (KOR, 2018) and Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 2014). However, with 22nd place, the 20-year-old Japanese did not manage to qualify for the second race run in Winterberg.
In the 2021/2022 BMW IBSF World Cup, Christopher Grotheer (GER, 835 points) defended his lead in the overall standings after the fourth of the eight races of the season. Axel Jungk (GER, 811), who had to take a complete break last winter due to injury, is currently second overall ahead of Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 754).
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