Martins Dukurs has halfway lead at skeleton worlds

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Latvia's Martins Dukurs has the lead halfway through the men's race at the skeleton world championships.

The defending world champion, who has won 12 of his last 13 races, finished two runs in 1 minute, 48.14 seconds over the 19-curve layout at Mount Van Hoevenberg on a snowy Friday night.

Dukurs, who had runs of 53.77 seconds and 54.37, led Frank Rommel of Germany by 0.69 seconds. Matt Antoine of the United States was third, a distant 1.18 behind, while teammate John Daly was ninth, 1.76 behind the leader.

The final two runs are Saturday night.