Olympic champ Lizzy Yarnold leads at skeleton worlds

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) Martins Dukurs of Latvia won his third skeleton world championship title on Friday by holding off Olympic champion and holder Alexander Tretiakov of Russia.

Dukurs, who also won the title in 2011 and 2012, beat the Russian by 0.69 seconds.

Tomass Dukurs took the bronze medal, 1.52 seconds behind his younger brother.

Earlier, Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold of Britain took a slim lead midway through the women's competition.

After two of four heats, Elisabeth Vathje of Canada was 0.07 seconds behind.

Junior world champion Jacqueline Loelling of Germany and Jane Channell of Canada were tied for third, 0.39 seconds back, going into the final day of the competition on Saturday.

Germany's Tina Hermann is close behind in fifth, 0.52 seconds back.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.