Alexander Tretiakov took the men's skeleton IBSF World Cup lead with victory in Lake Placid ©Getty Images

Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov took the overall lead in the men’s skeleton International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup as he secured victory in Lake Placid.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic champion, who later saw a doping offence overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, aimed for a third victory of the season at the Olympic Sports Complex.

It would take him into the overall World Cup lead, as he began the competition just one point shy of the leader Sungbin Yun, South Korea's Pyeongchang 2018 gold medallist.

Tretiakov led the competition at the halfway stage on the American track by achieving a first run time of 53.47sec.

He backed the opening run up by finishing his second in 53.72, giving him combined time of 1min 47.19sec.

It was enough to secure victory ahead of Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, who finished 0.14 seconds behind in second. 

Yun completed the podium places in 1:47.44 but lost his World Cup lead, despite the third place.

Tretiakov now heads the overall standings on 1,269 points, with defending champion Yun dropping to second on 1,245.

Another Russian, Nikita Tregubov, lies third on 1,161 points, having finished in fourth place at Lake Placid.

Monaco led at the halfway stage of the men's four-man bobsleigh but crashed on the second run ©Getty Images
Monaco led at the halfway stage of the men's four-man bobsleigh but crashed on the second run ©Getty Images

A dramatic men’s four-man bobsleigh competition brought the World Cup event to a close.

Monaco held a surprise lead after the first run after their team, led by Rudy Rinaldi, clocked 54.67.

They dropped down the standings following a crash in a second run, while race official was forced to take evasive action having entered the track to assist their sled, only for it to right itself and continue down the course.

Amid the drama, Canada’s Justin Kripps was able to secure a maiden World Cup win as a pilot of a four-man team.

His team finished with an overall time of 1:49.54 after the two runs of competition.

Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis and Maxim Andrianov piloted their teams to the silver and bronze medals in 1:49.61 and 1:49.67 respectively.

It meant there was a rare podium without German representation, with Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich missing out on the top three for the first time this season.

The world champion ended fourth in 1:49.70.

He remains the World Cup leader on 1,502 points, with Kibermanis lying second on 1,424 heading into the final competition of the season in Calgary next weekend.