Rommel ends Dukurs' run
Germany's Frank Rommel finally brought an end to Martins Dukurs’ dominance in the FIBT Skeleton World Cup after taking victory on home soil in Koenigssee.
Dukurs has won the past eight World Cup races, the last four last season and the first four this season, however he was relatively below par as Rommel ended on top.
Rommel stormed into the lead after his first run, clocking a time of 51.23seconds, and, despite going slower in 51.71 second time out, he maintained his lead to take gold.
And it was a comfortable lead at that with German teammate Alexander Kroeckel 0.82 behind – an impressive winning margin in a sport where hundredths often separate the field.
Austrian Matthias Guggenberger took bronze a tenth of a second behind Kroeckel with reigning World Cup champion Dukurs down in sixth – 1.14 slower than winner Rommel.
Britain’s Adam Pengilly, who won world silver in 2009, was tied for seventh while British teammate Kristan Bromley placed just behind him in ninth.
Dukurs still leads the overall rankings courtesy of his four opening wins with Rommel second and Russian Alexander Tretiakov, who was fifth in Koenigssee, third.