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Martins Dukurs wins overall skeleton WCup title
Associated Press
2013-02-15 10:48 PM
Martin Dukurs has won his fourth successive skeleton overall title with his eighth World Cup victory of the season.

The Latvian slider edged world champion Alexander Tretjakov by 0.17 seconds in the first heat on the Sochi Olympics track to claim his 25th career World Cup victory on Friday.

Both Dukurs and Tretjakov, who beat the Latvian for the title at the skeleton worlds this month, timed 57.22 seconds in the second heat at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Dukurs won the final World Cup of the season with a combined time of 1 minute, 54.12 seconds. Frank Rommel of Germany was 1.40 seconds behind the winner for third.

With the victory, Dukurs earned a $135,000 bonus awarded by governing body FIBT for the athlete who takes the last three World Cup races of the season.

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