Dajana Eitberger leads German one-two in women's World Cup opener

Eitberger leads German one-two in women's World Cup opener
By Sportsbeat

28/11/2015 at 13:24Updated 28/11/2015 at 16:00

European champion Dajana Eitberger laid down a marker of intent for the season ahead with victory in the opening luge World Cup race in Innsbruck.

The German, who won the season finale in Sochi last winter to finish the World Cup campaign second overall, was in dominant form again from the start, setting a new track record of 39.827 seconds on her first run.

She backed that up with another leading time of 39.968 on the second run to finish with a combined time of 1:19.795 to take gold ahead of Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger.

Geisenberger had won the Innsbruck event for the past two years but she was unable to keep pace with her German teammate, finishing 0.214 seconds back, with Canadian Alex Gough in third.

"This validates all the work I put in during the summer," said Eitberger.

"I'm delighted to see my name on the list of track record holders, I've never managed that anywhere before. The run didn't even feel that fast."