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Pavlichenko grabs World Cup luge overall men’s title

February 24, 2019
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Summer Britcher of the U.S. prepares to compete in women competition at the Luge World Cup 2018/2019 in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ekaterina Lyzlova)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Semen Pavlichenko of Russia made the final day of the World Cup luge season his best day.

Pavlichenko clinched his first World Cup season points title by winning the men’s race and the men’s sprint race Sunday, then helped the host nation hold off Germany to win the team relay in the last luge race of the winter.

Russia finished first and second in the men’s season standings, with Pavlichenko and Roman Repilov taking those spots. Felix Loch of Germany was third.

Summer Britcher of the U.S. finished third in the women’s overall standings for the second consecutive year. Britcher was eighth in the women’s sprint race Sunday.

There were five races on the final day of the luge season and Russia won them all: Pavlichenko had the two men’s wins, Viktoria Demchenko prevailed in the women’s sprint, the team of Aleksandr Denisev and Vladisav Antonov won the doubles sprint, and Russia took the team relay.

Germany finished the World Cup luge season with 57 medals, far and away the best of any nation. Russia won 26, Austria had 19, Latvia had nine, the United States won seven, Italy won five and Canada grabbed three.