Germany’s Arlt, Wendl win doubles WCup luge race



WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Olympic champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of a World Cup luge race and closed in on the overall title by winning his fifth race of the season on Saturday.

Loch was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 46.981 seconds. The 22-year-old has a 145-point lead in the overall standings with three races remaining.

Ralf Palik was second in 1:47.219 and David Moeller third in 1:47.240.

In doubles luge, Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl of Germany claimed their third World Cup win of the season to take the overall lead in the standings.

The defending champions timed 1 minute, 27.979 seconds after two runs, finishing 0.177 ahead of Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber.

Two-time defending Olympic champions Andres Linger and Wolfgang Linger of Austria were third in 1:28.272.

Arlt and Wendl lead the standings by 15 points from the Linger brothers after six of nine races.