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Russia’s Tretiakov takes bronze in 2020/2021 Skeleton World Cup stage in Germany

The 35-year-old Russian skeleton racer showed an aggregate result of 1 minute 40.01 seconds after two runs (50.09 seconds and 49.92 seconds) and finished only 0.13 seconds behind winner Alexander Gassner of Germany

MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov raced on Friday to win the bronze in men’s competition at the 2020/2021 Skeleton World Cup, which was hosted by Germany’s Konigssee on January 22.

The 35-year-old Russian skeleton racer showed an aggregate result of 1 minute 40.01 seconds after two runs (50.09 seconds and 49.92 seconds) and finished only 0.13 seconds behind winner Alexander Gassner of Germany (an aggregate result of 1 minute 39.88 seconds).

The silver went to South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin, who clocked an aggregate time of 1 minute 39.92 seconds (49,90 seconds in the 1st run and 50.02 seconds in the 2nd run).

Tretiakov is the 2014 Olympic champion and the bronze medalist of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada. He is also the 2013 world champion and two-time European champion (2007 and 2021).

The 2020/2021 Skeleton World Cup was launched on November 20, 2020 in Latvia’s Sigulda and will end with the final round in Austria’s Innsbruck-Igls on January 29, 2021.

Skeleton is a winter sports event, in which athletes compete sliding down a frozen track. Athletes are using a small sled, which is called either a skeleton bobsled or a skeleton bobsleigh, riding the icy course face down and head first at an average speed of 150 kilometers per hour (about 93 mph).