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Russia's Zubkov takes slim lead in Olympic 4-man

The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Russia's Alexander Zubkov, trying to win his second gold medal at the Sochi Games, holds a narrow lead after the first two runs of four-man Olympic bobsled.

Zubkov and his crew completed two runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track on Saturday in 1 minute, 50.19 seconds - 0.04 seconds ahead of Latvia's Oskars Melbardis, who jumped three sleds with a blistering second run.

The 39-year-old Zubkov ran away from the field to win two-man, but he's got some pursuers this time, including defending Olympic champion Steven Holcomb. He's in fourth place, 0.17 seconds back.

Germany's Maximilian Arndt is third, 0.16 seconds behind Zubkov, attempting to become the sixth driver to win both the two- and four-man events in the same games.

Melbardis was in fifth after the first run but trimmed 0.24 seconds off Zubkov's lead.

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