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Italian Men Win Luge Doubles

January 22, 2005

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) _ Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber won a luge doubles race Saturday for their first victory this season, giving them the overall World Cup lead with one event left.

In women’s singles, Sylke Otto captured a record 34th career World Cup victory in a 1-2 finish for Germany.

Oberstolz and Gruber recorded a two-run time of 1 minute, 30.376 seconds to beat countrymen Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder, who had the fastest second heat. They finished in 1:30.540. Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin of the United States were third, in 1:30.576.

Oberstolz and Gruber lead the World Cup standings with 591 points. Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich of Germany finished fourth Saturday to drop to second at 570.

The season ends in two weeks in Turin, Italy, on the 2006 Olympic course.

Otto won her second straight race, finishing in 1:31.633. Countrywoman Silke Kraushaar was second in 1:31.836 and Ashley Hayden of the United States was third in 1:31.878.

Germany’s Barbara Niedernhuber was fourth and remained the overall leader with 636 points. Kraushaar is second at 626 and Otto third at 541.

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