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Tretiakov wins World Cup men’s skeleton season title

February 24, 2019
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South Korea's Sungbin Yun, center, celebrates his victory with second-place finisher Russia's Alexander Tretiakov, left, and third-place finisher Latvia's Tomass Dukurs in the men's World Cup skeleton event in Calgary, Alberta, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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South Korea's Sungbin Yun, center, celebrates his victory with second-place finisher Russia's Alexander Tretiakov, left, and third-place finisher Latvia's Tomass Dukurs in the men's World Cup skeleton event in Calgary, Alberta, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alexander Tretiakov of Russia clinched the World Cup men’s skeleton season title on Sunday.

Tretiakov, who also was the season-long champion in 2008-09 and won the Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Games, narrowly edged Yun Sungbin of South Korea for this season’s points crown.

Tretiakov finished with 1,704 points; Yun had 1,680. Martins Dukurs of Latvia was third in the standings, finishing with 1,533 points.

Yun won the last race of the season, topping Tretiakov by six-hundredths of a second on Sunday. Tomass Dukurs of Latvia was third.

Austin Florian was the top American finisher in the finale, placing 13th.

Tretiakov was implicated in the scandal surrounding a state-sponsored doping program at the Sochi Olympics, though he has been able to keep his gold medal and his suspensions were overturned.