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Posted on: Sunday, January 17, 2010

Luge: Germans sweep men's World Cup race at home


Associated Press

OBERHOF, Germany Andi Langenhan has led a German sweep of the top three places in a men's luge World Cup race, capping a perfect weekend for the home team.

Langenhan clocked 1 minute, 31.383 seconds for the two runs for a comfortable victory Saturday over Johannes Ludwig and Jan Echhorn.

The Germans also swept the men's doubles and the women's singles Saturday.

Tony Benshoof finished 11th, Chris Mazdzer placed 14th and Bengt Walden was 25th for the U.S.

Armin Zoeggeler missed a chance to clinch the overall title by finishing sixth. The Italian can still win his fifth straight title at the final race of the season at home in Cesana in two weeks' time.

He has 605 points, while Albert Demchenko of Russia has 524 after finishing fourth Sunday. A win is worth 100 points.