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Martins Dukurs wins 3rd straight skeleton World Cup race



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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Triple world champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia won his third straight skeleton World Cup race of the season on Saturday.

The defending World Cup champion was two hundredths of a second behind Alexander Tretiakov after his first run of 50.25 seconds, but clocked 50.03 with his second run for a combined time of 1 minute, 40.28 seconds, beating the Russian by 0.43.

Olympic champion Tretiakov clocked 50.23 and 50.48 for a combined time of 1:40.71 and his third second-place finish of the season.

Yun Sung-bin of South Korea was 0.88 behind in third, followed by Dukurs' older brother Tomass, 1.02 behind, and Germany's Christopher Grotheer, 1.26 behind.

Dukurs leads the standings with a maximum 675 points from three races, ahead of Tretiakov on 630 and Germany's Axel Jungk on 578.

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