Dukurs storms to gold in Innsbruck
Latvia's Martin Dukurs blew away the rest of the field with a lightning performance to capture gold in the opening FIBT skeleton World Cup of the season in Innsbruck.
The Olympic silver medallist was in irresistible form last season, scooping World Championships gold in Koenigssee before wrapping up his second career overall World Cup gold.
And he picked up from where he left off in Austria, romping home by posting the two fastest times of each run for an overall winning margin of 1.01 seconds.
Silver went to Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov, who was lying third after the opening run but produced the goods in the second to sneak into second place with a combined time of 1:46.74 minutes.
That saw Martin’s brother Tomass Dukurs edged into third spot – just 0.03 second behind Tretiakov as Latvia celebrated two podium places as the curtain came up on the World Cup season.
“It’s good news and I’m very happy with the result,” said Martin Dukurs.
“I put together two good runs. I worked hard on my starts over the summer and it was the result of huge teamwork.
“I feel like a kid who is 10 years old and got a Lamborghini for Christmas.”
Meanwhile, Great Britain’s former world champion Kristan Bromley finished in fifth place 1.68 seconds behind the victor and 0.55 off the podium while compatriots Andy Wood and Adam Pengilly were 13th and 14th respectively.