German duo ties mark with 27th World Cup luge win

Updated: February 10, 2007, 12:40 PM ET
Associated Press

WINTERBERG, Germany -- Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch tied the career record for World Cup titles in men's luge doubles with their 27th victory Saturday. The U.S. team of Mark Grimette and Brian Martin was sixth.

Germany also captured the women's singles, with Tatjana Huefner leading a 1-2 finish for her country.

Leitner and Resch had the fastest first heat of 44.313 seconds to win in an overall time of 1 minute, 28.930 seconds and equal the mark of fellow Germans Stefan Krausse and Jan Behrendt.

"That makes us incredibly happy," Leitner said.

Italians Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder finished second in 1:29.167, followed by Austrians Tobias Schiegl and Markus Schiegl in 1:29.181.

Leitner and Resch lead the World Cup standings and need only a fourth-place finish in the last race to take the title. Grimette and Martin are sixth in the standings as well.

In the women's race, Huefner won in 1:54.633, followed by countrywoman Anke Wischnewski in 1:54.735 and Natalia Yakuchenko of Ukraine in 1:54.787.


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