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Russia's Tretiakov leads men's skeleton
Russian Rocket: Russia's Tretiakov has commanding lead after 2 runs of Olympic skeleton
By TOM WITHERS
Associated Press
2014-02-14 11:42 PM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Russia's Alexander Tretiakov has a surprisingly large lead over Latvia's Martins Dukurs after the first two runs of men's Olympic skeleton.

The bronze medalist four years ago in Vancouver, Tretiakov powered down his home track in 1 minute, 51.99 seconds on Friday at the Sochi Games.

He has a 0.56-second lead over Dukurs, the defending silver medalist who has won six of eight races on the World Cup circuit this season. He entered the games expected to win his country's first gold in the Winter Olympics.

Two American sliders are stalking Tretiakov. John Daly of Smithtown, N.Y., is in third and Matt Antoine of Colorado Springs, Colo., is in fourth.

Tretiakov and Dukurs are more than one second ahead of the entire field.

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