Dukurs puts icing on World Cup cake
Latvia's Martins Dukurs put the finishing touches to his third consecutive overall FIBT skeleton World Cup title, romping to his fifth victory of the season in Cesana, Italy.
The 2010 Olympic silver medallist stormed to victory on the circuit used for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, breaking the eight-year-old track record in 56.39 seconds before holding on for the win in his second outing.
Such was his lead in the overall rankings going into the competition that Dukurs had already secured a third straight overall World Cup win but the European champion showed no signs of taking his foot off the pedal in Italy.
And his victory was made all the more sweet after seeing brother Tomass Dukurs finish second in Cesana, 1.21 seconds off the pace, while Germany’s Sandro Steilicke completed the podium in third, a further 0.05 behind.
Martins Dukurs’ win took his final points tally to an impressive 1716 while Steilicke rubber-stamped his place in second with 1466. Germany’s Olympic champion Frank Rommel, fourth in Cesana, finished third overall with 1410.
All eyes now turn to the World Championships in Koenigssee later this month with Rommel bidding to defend his title on home soil.†