Dukurs brothers impress again

CESANA TORINESE, Italy — The Dukurs brothers of Latvia have capped off another successful weekend in the skeleton FIBT World Cup.

With racing coming to Europe for the first time this season, brothers Martins and Tomass again produced solid results, with older brother Martins sitting atop the World Cup points standings after three rounds, 31 points clear of his closest rival Sandro Stielike of Germany. Meanwhile, younger brother Tomass is placed in a more than respectable seventh position. In the opening three rounds, over 105 riders have competed in at least one event.

In the latest round, Martins had a less than perfect first run, recording just the seventh quickest time (58.10 sec). Instead, it was Tomass who was turning heads, producing a fine time of 58.04 sec to be sitting in fourth spot entering the second run.

Martins produced a much stronger second run, recording a 4.59 sec start, by far the most impressive start of the day. He held tight for the remainder of the run seeing him shoot to the top of leader board with a combined time of 1.56.01. However, with six more competitors still to complete their second run a podium finish was certainly not a given.

The Latvian need not have worried with only the final man to hit the ice Canadian Jon Montgomery able to better the Latvian, seeing him finish the weekend in second. Tomass could not back up his first run, slipping back to seventh.

The World Cup now moves to Winterberg in Germany this weekend.

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