ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) -- Alexander Tretiakov of Russia held off two-time defending champion Martins Dukurs to win his first skeleton world championship title on Saturday.
Tretiakov led by nearly half a second on Dukurs going into the fourth and final run. He held off his Latvian rival to win by 0.03 seconds. Dukurs clocked the fastest run of the competition in his final run down the Olympia track.
Bronze medalist Sergei Chudinov of Russia was 2.27 behind Tretiakov's combined time of 4 minutes, 32.35 seconds.
John Daly of the United States placed in a tie for fifth, 2.84 behind Tretiakov.