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Russia's Alexander Tretiakov wins skeleton World Cup to break Dukurs brothers' dominance

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KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Russia's Alexander Tretiakov won a skeleton World Cup on Saturday, breaking the Dukurs brothers' three-race run of sweeping the men's top two spots.

Tretiakov clocked a combined time of 1 minute, 42.98 seconds over two runs, beating five-time overall champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia by 0.17.

PHOTO: From left : Latvia's second placed  Martins Dukurs  Russia's winner  Alexander Tretiakov, and third placed Matthew Antoine from the US celebrate after   the  men's Skeleton World Cup  at Lake Koenigssee, Germany, Saturday Jan. 17, 2015.  (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold)
From left : Latvia's second placed Martins Dukurs Russia's winner Alexander Tretiakov, and third placed Matthew Antoine from the US celebrate after the men's Skeleton World Cup at Lake Koenigssee, Germany, Saturday Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold)

Matthew Antoine of the United States was third, 0.31 back, followed by Britain's Dominic Edward Parsons and Russia's Nikita Tregybov.

Dukurs' older brother Tomass could only finish eighth, 0.74 back.

After four races, Martins Dukurs extended his lead in the standings to 885 points, with Tomass now on 790. Germany's Axel Jungk is third with 736.

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