(ISN) – WINTERBERG, Ger.—Dave Greszyczyszyn finished as the top Canadian in 11th spot in his first skeleton World Championships on Friday in Winterberg, Germany.
The 35-year-old veteran from Brampton, Ont. was sitting in seventh place after the opening day of the two-day affair, but dropped back four positions when all was said and done, placing 11th with a combined time of 3:46.61.
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs won the race, clocking a golden time of 3:43.23. Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov finished second at 3:43.92, while Tomass Dukurs, also of Latvia, posted a bronze-medal time of 3:44.25.
Two other Canadian World Cup rookies from Calgary also suited up on Friday. Barrett Martineau finished 20th at 3:48.72, while Evan Neufeldt did not qualify for the final run with the top-20, placing 23.
The Canadian women lit up the Winterberg track in the first half of the four-run race, which is completed on Saturday. Calgary’s Elisabeth Vathje is looking to cap off her dream season where it started on the podium, sitting in second spot at 1:55.13. Jane Channell, of North Vancouver, is in the mix for her first elite international medal. Channell heads into the final day in a tie for third place with a time of 1:55.45. Elizabeth Yarnold, of Great Britain, is leading the way at 1:55.06.
“I’m really happy with the times, but the runs weren’t very clean today, especially the second one,” said the 20-year-old Vathje.
Vathje has turned heads around the skeleton world, winning one gold and three silver medals in her rookie season. After fore-running the opening two races, Channell was brought into the World Cup mix where the 26-year-old has consistently placed in the top-10 and is now ready to pounce onto the podium.
“I hold the starting record in Winterberg so I focused on that,” said Channell. “Being only my fourth year competing in skeleton, I would never have thought I’d be right up at the front.”
The women’s skeleton race wraps up on Saturday.
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Top-Five Men’s Skeleton and Canadian Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 3:43.23; 2. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 3:43.92; 3. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 3:44.25; 4. Nikita Tregybov, RUS, 3:45.39; 5. Christopher Grotheer, GER, 3:45.53
11. Dave Greszyczyszyn, Brampton, Ont., 3:46.61; 20 Barrett Martineau, Calgary, 3:48.72; 23. Evan Neufeldt, Calgary, DNQ.