Skeleton - Dukurs wins second straight World Cup race

Martins Dukurs claimed his second successive skeleton World Cup victory and fourth from five races this season as the series reached the halfway stage at La Plagne.

Skeleton - 'Superman' Dukurs defends world title

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SKELETON Olympic silver medallist Martins Dukurs

Winner of the opening two races in Lake Placid and Park City, Dukurs was edged out by Frank Rommel in Whistler but that proved to be just a blip as he bounced back with victory in Winterberg.

And it was the same story again at the fifth World Cup round of nine in France with Dukurs leading by 0.28seconds after the first run and almost doubling his margin after the second to win by 0.54.

Dukurs' winning time was 2:02.00minutes dead although Russia's Alexander Tretiakov is doing his best to try and deny the Latvian a fourth successive overall World Cup title this year.

Second in the overall rankings prior to racing, Tretiakov, the last person to win the World Cup title before Dukurs in 2009, took second for the second successive time.

He was 0.38 ahead of Dukurs' older brother Tomass who beat off competition from Tretiakov's Russian teammate Sergei Chudinov by half a second to finish third.

Germany's Alexander Kroeckel was fifth 0.14 behind Chudinov while, once again, Kristan Bromley, the overall World Cup winner in 2008, was the best Brit in the field as he placed sixth.

That marked the third time this season that Bromley, 0.19 further back, has finished sixth with British teammates Ed Smith 14th and Dominic Parsons 17th in La Plagne.

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