Geisenberger claims 4th straight luge World Cup title

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ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger finished fourth at a luge World Cup to claim her fourth successive overall title, while German compatriot Tatjana Huefner clinched her first European title on Sunday.

The second last race of the season doubled for the 47th luge European Championship in Altenberg, Germany, and Huefner claimed the title by speeding down the track in 53.359 and then 53.020 seconds, edging Eliza Cauce of Latvia by 0.211.

''I was never European champion before, it's another title for my collection,'' Huefner said.

Tatiana Ivanova of Russia was third, 0.313 back, ahead of Geisenberger, who was 0.406 behind with a combined time of 1:46.785.

Kimberley McRae of Canada was fifth, ahead of Erin Hamlin of the United States.

Geisenberger had an unassailable 810 points in the standings, 109 more than Ivanova ahead of the last World Cup in Winterberg, Germany next weekend.

Huefner, Felix Loch and doubles winners Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken later ensured a clean sweep of the weekend's races for Germany by winning the team relay in a combined time of 2:24.204 - 0.346 ahead of the Canadian team of McRae, Mitchel Malyk and Tristan Walker/Justin Snith.

It ensured the overall title went to Germany with 431 points, 106 ahead of Latvia with one race remaining.