Dominant Dukurs wins in Altenberg
Olympic skeleton silver medallist Martins Dukurs was a class above his rivals once again at the FIBT European Championships, retaining his title with ease in Altenberg.
The 27-year-old has been unstoppable over the past 12 months and travelled to Germany off the back of an unbeaten 2011, which saw him win world and European gold.
And having retained his European crown by over a second in Altenberg, ahead of brother Tomass, there is little reason to suggest the Latvian’s unbeaten run won’t continue this year as well.
Doubling up as the fourth World Cup of the year as well as the European Championships, Martins set himself up for a fourth win from the four after posting 57.18seconds with his first run.
That was just shy of a second in front of brother Tomass who posted 57.95 and that lead became 1.07 after he produced a storming second run of 56.97.
That gave Martins an overall time of 1:54.15 with Tomass going quicker in his second run for 1:55.22 and silver while Germany’s Alexander Kroeckel was third in 1:55.82 overall.
In a sport where hundredths of a second often split the top ten let alone top three Martins’ dominance is overwhelming – however he can’t put his finger on the cause of his success.
“I don’t know why I am winning by such clear distances. I am trying to do my best and that is the result,” said Martins. “The track was in real nice shape.”
Meanwhile Adam Pengilly of Britain was eighth in 1:56.77 but is rumoured to have injured his hamstring at the start of his second run in Germany.
And teammate Kristan Bromley, a former world and European champion himself, was 14th overall in 1:57.46.