Germany captures doubles title


NAGANO, Japan -- Germany won the men's doubles at the luge
world championships Saturday, with the U.S. team of Mark Grimmette
and Brian Martin finishing third.

Silke Kraushaar gave Germany its second victory of the day by
leading a top-three sweep for her country in women's singles.
Germany also won Friday's team event.

In men's doubles, Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch posted the
two fastest times at the Nagano Spiral -- 49.279 and 49.651 seconds
for a combined 1:38.930.

Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich, also of Germany, were
second in 1:39.274. Grimmette and Martin finished in 1:39.280.

Kraushaar was timed in 1:39.611, followed by Barbara
Niedernhuber in 1:39.653 and Sylke Otto in 1:39.860. Ashley Hayden
of the United States was sixth.