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Skeleton World Champion Christopher Grotheer in the lead at Olympic half-time, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Axel Jungk second after first race day ahead of Yan Wengang 

Yanqing (RWH) World Champion Christopher Grotheer (GER) is the half-time leader in men’s skeleton after two of four races at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. At the Yanqing Sliding Center, Grotheer set a track record in the first race run with exactly one minute on the Olympic ice. In the second run, the 2020 and 2021 World Champion extended his lead to 0.70 seconds ahead of the final day.

His team-mate Axel Jungk (GER) is in second place after the first Olympic day. Close behind is local hero Yan Wengang (CHN, 0.75 seconds behind) from the Olympic host team China.

With medal chances as well, the two athletes from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the 2014 Olympic Champion Alexander Tretiakov and the 2016 Youth Olympic Champion Evgeniy Rukosuev (both 0.87 seconds back) follow in fourth place. Record World Champion and overall World Cup winner Martins Dukurs (LAT, 0.91 seconds back) follows in sixth place.

Yin Zheng (CHN) set a start record on the first Olympic race day with 4.60 seconds in the first race run. Yin is in seventh place after two runs. ©RWH2022 

Quotes: 

Christopher Grotheer (GER, World Champion 2020 and 2021):

"I feel very, very good, the training runs went really well and the material is also going well. I skipped the last training run to clear my head. And in the first run I managed a real good run. Tonight I'll get the sled ready and sleep a little longer tomorrow. But I don't want to start dreaming." 

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