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Loelling, Yun win skeleton World Cup races to stretch leads

January 5, 2018
Germany's Jacqueline Loelling, speeds down the track to win the women's skeleton World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
Germany's Jacqueline Loelling, speeds down the track to win the women's skeleton World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Jacqueline Loelling extended her overall lead with a third skeleton World Cup win of the season on Friday, leading a German sweep of the podium.

Yun Sung-bin of South Korea followed up by extending his lead in the men’s standings with his fourth win from six competitions.

The 22-year-old Loelling was fastest in the women’s first run and quick enough in the second for a combined time of 1 minute 57.74 seconds, beating Tina Hermann by 0.13 seconds and Anna Fernstaedt by 0.43.

With two races remaining, Loelling was leading the overall standings on 1,227 points, ahead of Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje, who was ninth in Altenberg, on 1,118, and Hermann on 1,084. A race-winner is awarded 225 points, while the runner-up gets 210.

Yun was fastest in both his runs for a combined time of 1:54.28, beating Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov by 0.39 and Germany’s Christopher Grotheer by 0.76. Another Russian, Nikita Tregubov, was fourth.

Yun stretched his lead to 1,320 points — 100 ahead of Martins Dukurs, who was fifth, and 216 ahead of Dukurs’ sixth-place brother Tomass.

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