Germany captures doubles title

Updated: February 14, 2004, 10:13 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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