Dukurs, Szymkowiak win skeleton World Cup races

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Martins Dukurs of Latvia won a skeleton World Cup race on Friday to extend his lead in the standings, while Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany picked up her first victory of the season in the women's event.

Dukurs had a combined time of 1 minute, 59.06 seconds for the two runs and beat Frank Rommel of Germany by .75 seconds. Dukurs has 860 points, 49 more than Rommel.

Alexander Tretiakov of Russia was third in 1:59.87.

Szymkowiak beat series leader Mellisa Hollingsworth of Canada by half a second to win the women's event.

She had the two fastest runs for an aggregate time of 2:04.72.

Hollingsworth finished in 2:05.22 and leads the overall standings after four of eight events with 835 points, 16 more than Britain's Shelley Rudman.

Svetlana Trunova of Russia finished third in 2:05.49.

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