Dukurs brothers atop world skeleton summit

After their runs in the final Sochi stage of the World Cup Skeleton Championships Sunday, brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs now lead the world in first- and second-place in the overall standings.

Despite the race being won by Russia’s native favorite Alexander Tretyakov, with Martins in second-place and Tomass in fourth, the Dukurs brothers’ times were sufficiently fast to keep them in the lead with the gold and silver, respectively.

Martins scored a total of 1770 points in the eight stages of the championship while Tomass scored 1526. Behind the Latvian superstars came Germany’s Axel Jungk with 1408 points for the bronze.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma congratulated the Dukurs brothers on their triumphant close to the season Sunday: “Our athletes are outstanding! We’re on a roll! Martins and Tomass have shown they’re the highest-class professionals,” she declared.

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