Geisenberger claims 3rd successive luge World Cup title

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ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top three places to claim her third successive luge World Cup title with a record eighth win from 10 races on Sunday.

Geisenberger, the Olympic and two-time world champion, was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 45.585 seconds. She beat compatriots Tatjana Huefner by 0.283 and Dajana Eitberger by 0.330 for her 31st individual World Cup victory.

''These are trophies I really enjoy looking at,'' the 27-year-old Geisenberger said. ''Of course I don't have to win every race, but the world championship title and the overall World Cup mean I've achieved my most important goals.''

Erin Hamlin of the United States was fourth, ahead of another German, Anke Wischnewski, in fifth.

With two races remaining, Geisenberger had an unassailable 925 points, ahead of Eitberger on 666 and Huefner on 622.

Later Sunday, Hamlin won the sprint, ahead of Eitberger and Geisenberger, who ended the weekend on 995 points.

Germany's Felix Loch, who claimed his fourth successive title on Saturday, won the men's sprint ahead of Canada's Sam Edney and Latvia's Inars Kivlenieks.

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany claimed victory in the doubles sprint to extend their lead in the overall standings to 70 points over compatriots Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, who had to settle for third behind Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Sics.

The final races of the season are scheduled for Sochi, Russia next weekend.