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Fischnaller wins his 4th luge World Cup, Loch still leads

January 21, 2018

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — Dominik Fischnaller of Italy won his fourth luge World Cup on Sunday, more than four years after claiming his first on the same track in Lillehammer.

Fischnaller was fastest in the first run and quick enough in the second to win in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.590 seconds, beating Russia’s Roman Repilov by 0.096 seconds.

The 24-year-old says, “Lillehammer feels like my home track because we train here so much. In my three races on this track I’ve won twice and come third once.”

Fischnaller had back problems treated by the German team doctor on Saturday.

World champion Wolfgang Kindl of Austria was third, 0.132 behind, ahead of Germany’s Johannes Ludwig and then Felix Loch, the Olympic champion who still leads the overall standings.

With three races including sprints later Sunday remaining, Loch was leading on 726 points, 88 ahead of Kindl and 179 ahead of Russia’s Semen Pavlichenko, who was 15th in Lillehammer after botching his first run.

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