March 06, 2015

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.

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