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Italy's Fischnaller wins World Cup luge opener in Lillehammer

The Canadian Press

11/17/2013 11:30:19 AM

LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Italy's Dominik Fischnaller posted the fastest time in both runs Sunday to win the World Cup luge season-opener, his first victory on the circuit.

Fischnaller had a track-record time of 49.172 seconds in his opening run and was two one-thousandths of a second away from matching that time in his second heat. His overall time was 1 minute, 38.346 seconds -- 0.146 seconds ahead of Germany's David Moller (1:38.492).

Reigning world and Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany (1:38.497) took third.

Fischnaller was seventh in the World Cup standings last season, winning a silver medal in Lake Placid and a bronze at Konigssee. But Sunday was his breakout performance, and marked just the third time in the last 19 World Cup races that a German man did not finish in the top spot.