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Loch leads German podium sweep at luge World Cup event

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Associated Press
1/13/2013 9:44:01 AM
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OBERHOF, Germany -- Olympic champion Felix Loch won his third World Cup race of the season to lead a German sweep of the podium positions and claim his first European Championship on Sunday.

Loch was fastest in both runs for an aggregate time of 1 minute, 27.257 seconds -- 0.390 seconds quicker than Andi Langenhan, and 0.519 ahead of Johannes Ludwig.

Russia's Semen Pavlichenko was the fastest non-German in fourth, followed by Germany's David Moeller and another Russian, Albert Demchenko.

After six of nine races, Loch had 515 points in the World Cup standings, followed by Langenhan on 435 and Moeller on 398.

The race also counted as the European Championships, allowing the 23-year-old Loch to complete his medal collection.

"Now I could end my career," Loch joked after his 13th career victory. "But of course that's rubbish, of course I'll go on. I like the track in Oberhof. It's where I celebrated my first World Championship title."

Later Sunday, Germany also claimed the team relay European Championship title, when Natalie Geisenberger, Loch, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken combined to finish 0.461 seconds faster than Italy, and 0.757 ahead of defending champion Russia.

The result did not count toward the World Cup standings.

Felix Loch (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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