Fog rolls in over the gondola leading to the Laura Center venue and seen from the Sanki Sliding Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Russia's Zubkov has lead after 2 runs of 2-man

February 16, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Alexander Zubkov has a commanding lead at the halfway point of men's Olympic two-man bobsled.

Along with brakeman Alexey Voevoda, Zubkov drove through a light fog and set a track record on his first run and completed two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 1 minute, 52.82 seconds.

He leads Switzerland's Beat Hefti by 0.32 seconds and has a 0.36-second advantage over Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah.

Zubkov led Holcomb by just 0.09 seconds after his first run, but opened some distance over the field with a crisp, clean second run. As he crossed the finish line, Zubkov pumped his left fist into the frosty air, knowing he has a little margin for error in Monday's final heats.

Russia has not won gold in two-man since 1988.

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