Huefner wins to close on title
Germany's Tatjana Huefner moved to the brink of her fourth overall World Cup victory after capturing her sixth successive victory of the season on home ice in Altenberg.
The Olympic champion, who will be bidding for a third individual World Championships crown in Cesana next season, clocked an overall time of one minute 45.626 seconds for her sixth win in seven events so far this season.
Huefner led a German 1-2-3 with Olympic bronze medallist Natalie Geisenberger coming home second, 0.022 seconds off the pace, while Anke Wischnewski took bronze, 0.644 behind the victor.
But Huefner did not have it all her own way and Geisenberger found herself ahead at the halfway stage, only for the World Cup champion elect to break the five-year-old track record and seal the win.
"First of all my compliments to those who have prepared the track here in Altenberg," said Huefner.
"The track is in a great condition. It's something very special to have set the track record -- everything has to work out perfectly.
"Now I'm quite confident facing the upcoming World Championships but we still have a lot of work to do and need to tinker a bit with the material."
Huefner now has 685 points atop of the world rankings while Geisenberger (560) is second ahead of Wischnewski, who has 485.