SKELETON Olympic silver medallist Martins Dukurs - Reuters

Dukurs dominates in St Moritz

Dukurs dominates in St Moritz

By Eurosport
Last update 21/01/2012 at 19:50 - Published on 21/01/2012 at 18:47
By Eurosport - 21/01/2012 at 19:50

Olympic silver medallist Martins Dukurs returned to winning ways in the FIBT Skeleton World Cup in sensational fashion in St Moritz, taking victory by nearly two seconds.

Latvian Dukurs saw his impressive run of eight straight World Cup wins, in which time he won the world title and two European crowns, ended by Frank Rommel last time out in Koenigssee.

However Dukurs proved it was merely an off day as he completely blew away the field in Switzerland producing runs of 1:08.87minutes and 1:08.58 for an overall time of 2:17.45.

That gave him a winning margin of 1.76seconds ahead of New Zealand slider Ben Sandford – an unprecedented cushion in a sport where hundredths usually separate the podium positions.

America’s Matthew Antoine completed the top three just 0.06 behind Sandford while Britain’s Kristan Bromley was seventh and teammate Adam Pengilly 20th.

Dukurs’ win sees him extend his lead in the overall World Cup rankings with the tour’s final two rounds to be held in Whistler and Calgary at the start of February.

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