Egle/Kipp wins luge crystal globe in sprint class

Austrian bobsledders Selina Egle/Lara Kipp finished second in the double-seat sprint at the World Cup in Sigulda on Sunday, securing the small crystal globe for the sprint classification. There were reasons to celebrate in the German camp, too. Felix Loch won the men’s single-seater competition ahead of Latvian Kristers Aparjods and compatriot Max Langenhan, thus securing the overall World Cup early.

“It’s great that we were able to defend the ball. The run wasn’t clean but we can be proud of our performance,” Egle said. The victory of the day went to Andrea Vötter/Marion Oberhofer (ITA). In the men’s sprint, Martins Bots/Roberts Plume (LAT) took first place ahead of Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt (GER). Juri Gatt/Riccardo Schöpf had to settle for fourth place; Thomas Steu/Wolfgang Kindl, who was the clear leader in the overall World Cup before the final, finished fifth and Yannick Müller/Armin Frauscher finished ninth.

In the men’s single-seater race, the Austrians missed the podium in the morning. David Gleirscher finished fourth, Wolfgang Kindl fifth and Nico Gleirscher eleventh. In the sprint at the end of the competition weekend, David Gleischer managed to celebrate his place on the podium by placing third behind Loch and Aparjods. Kindl took fifth place and Nico Gleirscher took eighth place. Germany’s Julia Taubitz won the women’s sprint race ahead of Kendija Aparjode (LAT) and Emily Sweeney (USA). Lisa Schulte came fifth and Hannah Prock came tenth.


Source: Vienna


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