Olympic champ Loch claims his 5th luge world championship

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) Olympic champion Felix Loch completed a near-perfect weekend for Germany by claiming his fifth luge world championship on Sunday.

Loch was quickest in both runs of the men's singles, shooting down the track in 49.173 and 49.691 seconds. His combined time of 1 minute, 38.864 seconds edged compatriot Ralf Palik by 0.423.

Wolfgang Kindl of Austria was third, 0.689 behind, ahead of American Chris Mazdzer.

Loch says ''it's simply brilliant. Here at home in front of the crowd, it's so awesome.''

Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger claimed the women's title and Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the doubles race on Saturday.

The only blip for Germany came Friday, when Martina Kocher of Switzerland held off Geisenberger to win the women's sprint. Loch and Wendl/Arlt won their sprints.

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