Luge - Germany make it three luge wins from three in Latvia

Germany underlined their Olympic credentials with a third straight luge team relay World Cup victory in Sigulda, Latvia.

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Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch, Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl of Germany celebrate after winning the Luge World Cup team relay event in Sigulda, Latvia

With the team event to be added to the Winter Games schedule at Sochi in 2014 it was another dominant performance from Germany, with Olympic champion Felix Loch setting the tone with a dominant run of 45.565 seconds.

After victory in Innsbruck and on home soil in Altenberg Germany now have 300 points - 85 points ahead of Italy, with Russia a further 20 behind.

Overall the Germans set a track record time of 2.15.778, beating the Italians by 0.568 seconds – who recorded their first silver of the World Cup season.

Russia were 1.065 seconds behind, narrowly pipping Latvia to a trip to the podium at home to secure their second bronze of the season, with Albert Demchenko unable to replicate his victory from Saturday’s individual event.

The hosts looked to have a chance at a top-three finish but in the end fell just 0.2 seconds off third with their time.

The United States finished fifth while Austria, who had finished second in Altenberg, were disqualified after Birgit Platzer missed the pad as she crossed the line on her World Cup debut.

Poland were sixth, 3.544 seconds off the pace, while Kazakhstan came home in seventh 6.434 seconds behind Germany.

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