From St. Moritz, SUI
(Jan. 25, 2019) – Sungbin Yun won his first World Cup race of the 2018/2019 season, and his second in a row in St. Moritz.
The Olympic champion came into the second heat .3 of a second ahead of the Russian duo of Nikita Tregubov and Alexander Tretiakov. On the second run, both Russians were quicker than Yun, but Yun’s first heat advantage was enough to hold onto gold.
The medal was Yun’s 17th consecutive competitive medal (16 World Cup plus Olympic gold).
Tretiakov edged out Tregubov by .07 to take silver, while Tregubov settled for bronze. Tretiakov’s silver was his first ever World Cup medal in St. Moritz.
Tomass Dukurs finished fourth, just ahead of Axel Jungk in fifth and Christopher Grotheer in sixth.
Yun’s win, coupled with Tretiakov’s silver, moves Yun into the World Cup points lead by a single point after five races. Tregubov, Jungk, and Martins Dukurs round out the top five overall.
Canada’s Kevin Boyer set a career-best finish with a tenth place run on his father’s birthday. Teammate Dave Greszczyszyn overcame sickness to finish just behind Boyer in 11th.
Austin Florian was the top-scoring slider from the United States in 16th place, one spot ahead of teammate Greg West in 18th. Kyle Brown rounded out the American effort in 20th.
A popped groove at the start of the first run for perennial contender Martins Dukurs left him 20th after the first run. The Latvian came back with a traditionally great run on his second trip down the historic track to move up to eighth.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|21||Kilian von Schleinitz||GER||10||4.98||69.81|