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Eggert and Benecken win Luge World Cup in front of home fans

Eggert and Benecken win Luge World Cup in front of home fans
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2018 at 14:48Updated 13/01/2018 at 14:53

Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken showed their impressive form just one month out from the Olympics with victory in the Luge Doubles at the Oberhof World Cup.

The world champions underpinned their claim for gold in PyeongChang by beating reigning Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt by just 0.007 seconds.

There were three German pairs in the top four as Robin Geueke and David Gamm took fourth place behind Peter Penz and Georg Fischler, from Austria.

Eggert was pleased to win on his home track, he said: "It's nice to finally have won in our home event."

German coach Norbert Loch was not worried in what order they finished but was pleased to see them challenging for the podium.

He said: "As long as it remains so close between the two doubles, I do not care who gets in front.

"If they rub against each other as today, then this is the best preparation for the Olympics."

The win keeps Eggert and Benecken top of the World Cup doubles standings on 870 points, with their compatriots second on 652, while Penz and Fischler are third on 546 with four rounds left to race.