Hackl Wins Luge; Benshoof Second
WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) _ George Hackl of Germany won the final men’s singles race of the Luge World Cup season Sunday, tuning up for his bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
Hackl, using a new sled that Porsche engineers helped build, put together the two best runs of the event to beat Tony Benshoof of the United States. David Moeller of Germany was third.
``This win was very important, first for the starting place, and second for the morale,″ said Hackl, who won Olympic titles in 1992, 1994 and 1998.
Hackl’s total time from two runs on a track soft from steady overnight rain was 1 minute, 51.066 seconds.
Benshoof finished in 1:51.831, with Moeller at 1:52.027.
Markus Prock of Austria finished eighth but still won the overall World Cup title with 487 points. Armin Zoeggeler of Italy finished with 449, followed by Hackl at 439. Benshoof was seventh with 313.