By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Alexander Zubkov has a commanding lead at the halfway point of men's Olympic two-man bobsled.
Along with brakeman Alexey Voevoda, Zubkov drove through a light fog and set a track record on his first run and completed two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 1 minute, 52.82 seconds.
He leads Switzerland's Beat Hefti by 0.32 seconds and has a 0.36-second advantage over Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah.
Zubkov led Holcomb by just 0.09 seconds after his first run, but opened some distance over the field with a crisp, clean second run. As he crossed the finish line, Zubkov pumped his left fist into the frosty air, knowing he has a little margin for error in Monday's final heats.
Russia has not won gold in two-man since 1988.
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