January 07, 2017

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) Christopher Grotheer set track records to win his first skeleton World Cup on Saturday.

The 25-year-old German produced a new best mark in his first run and bettered it with his second of 56.10 seconds for a combined time of 1 minute, 52.3 seconds on the Altenberg track.

Seven-time defending champion, Martins Dukurs, was 0.30 behind in the world champion's first podium appearance of the season. Axel Jung of Germany was third, 0.47 seconds behind.

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin, who was fifth, took the lead in the overall standings after three of eight races with 609, ahead of Dukurs on 586. Matt Antoine of the United States is third on 562 after finishing ninth in Altenberg.

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