Dukurs storms to World Champs gold
Latvian skeleton racer Martins Dukurs kept his cool to turn his 2010 Olympic silver into FIBT World Championship gold in Koenigssee.
The 26-year-old runner up from Vancouver headed into his final two runs top of the pile in Germany, having set a new track record of 50.67 seconds in the process.
And he didn’t crumble under the pressure as he finished with runs of 50.94 seconds and 50.91 seconds to take home the title with a time of 3:23.70 minutes.
Dukurs was the only athlete to clock runs under 51 seconds in the third and fourth heats and was the clear winner, finishing 1.74 seconds ahead of Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov.
Tretiakov also showed improvement on his 2010 Olympic bronze as he collected silver while the home crowd had something to cheer about with Germany’s Frank Rommel finishing third in 3:25.68 minutes.
Following the German pair of Sandro Stielicke and Michi Halilovic in fourth and fifth was Great Britain’s Kristan Bromley, the world champion from 2008 finishing sixth in 3:26.28 minutes.
Bromley’s compatriots Chris Type and Andty Wood finished 14th and 16th respectively.