Sungbin Yun extends his World Cup lead

Sungbin Yun of Korea has taken gold at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg, Germany. The South Korean slider Yun celebrated his fourth win from six events this Olympic season. Yun, who won bronze at the 2016 World Championships, lead Alexander Tretiakov (RUS, 0.39 seconds back) and Christopher Grotheer (0.76 seconds back) of World Cup host Germany back into second and third place respectively.

Tretiakov, is banned from the 2018 Olympic Games due to his doping rule violation from the Sochi games but is currently permitted to take part in other events despite the IBSF appealing its own doping committees decision to allow implicated athletes to compete in the World Cup to the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this week.

Finishing ninth in Altenberg, Hiroatsu Takahashi (JPN) celebrated one of his best World Cup results. The experienced Japanese athlete has been competing in the World Cup for the past seven years and has made it into the top ten on four other occasions, most recently when he finished seventh in January 2015, also in Altenberg.

Athletes from a total of six countries made it into the top ten in Altenberg. Great Britains Marcus Wyatt and Dominic Parsons were 14th and 18th respectively.

In the overall standings for the 2017/2018 BMW IBSF World Cup, Sungbin Yun (KOR, 1,320 points) has extended his lead to 90 points over defending World Cup holder Martins Dukurs (LAT, 1,230). Dukurs, who has won the overall World Cup for the last nine winters, finished fifth in Altenberg. Tomass Dukurs is currently third in the overall World Cup (LAT, 1,104).

The World Cup now moves onto the famous track in St Moritz for the final race in the Olympic Qualification series.

RacerReady will be reporting the results and views from the world cup races immediately the action finishes.
Certain pictures copyright of ©RacerReady ©MikeVarey@elite-pix
IBSF information and pictures ©RWH2017

about author