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Posted on: Saturday, January 2, 2010

Luge: Germans sweep World Cup event


Associated Press

KOENIGSSEE, Germany Tatjana Huefner has secured her 20th career victory as Germans filled the top four places in a luge World Cup race and Erin Hamlin finished fifth to lead the U.S. to its best showing of the season.

Huefner clocked the fastest time in both runs Saturday to earn her fourth victory of the season in a combined time of 1 minute, 35.324 seconds. Natalie Geisenberger was second in 1:35.550 and Steffi Sieger finished third in 1:35.867.

Anke Wischnewski completed Germany's dominance.

Hamlin, of Remsen, N.Y., finished in 1:36.304 and Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine, was seventh in 1:36.546.

Huefner leads the overall standings, followed by Geisenberger, Wischnewski and Hamlin.