The IBSF Junior World Championships have begun in St Moritz ©IBSF

Russian Nikita Tregubov claimed the men's skeleton gold medal as the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Junior World Championships began in St Moritz.

Tregubov, among the 169 Russian athletes named on the neutral team which is due to compete at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, clocked a combined 2min 16.36sec.

The 22-year-old, a bronze medallist at last year's senior World Championships in Königssee, finished 0.93sec quicker than compatriot Vladislav Marchenkov.

Felix Keisinger of Germany came through to take bronze.

The result handed Tregubov a fourth consecutive Junior World Championships title as he continues his preparations for Pyeongchang 2018.

Skeleton competitions headlined the opening day of the Championships ©IBSF
Skeleton competitions headlined the opening day of the Championships ©IBSF

Germany's Anna Fernstädt secured the women's honours as she completed her two runs in an overall 2:20.07.

Russia were denied a clean sweep of the skeleton crowns at the event in the Swiss city as Yulia Kanakina was forced to settle for silver, 0.81 back.

Fernstädt's team-mate Susanne Kreher was the recipient of the bronze medal.

The event is due to resume with the two-man and women's bobsleigh events on Saturday (January 27) following a rest day tomorrow.

Athletes from 22 nations have entered the Championships, which concludes with the four-man bobsleigh competition on Sunday (January 28).