European champion Pavlichenko takes World Cup glory

European champion Pavlichenko takes World Cup glory
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2019 at 11:29Updated

European champion Semen Pavlichenko struck Luge World Cup gold as Russia bagged a one-two in Sigulda.

He edged out compatriot Aleksandr Gorbatcevich by 0.188 seconds to finish in top spot in Latvia.

Pavlichenko produced the fastest times in both rounds, giving him a total time of 1:36.074.

He was the only man to break the 48-second barrier throughout the competition, with his second effort of 47.962 comfortably the best in the event.

Olympic champion David Gleirscher had to settle for the final spot on the podium, with a total time of 1:36.338.

Pavlichenko is up to fifth in the World Cup standings with 433 points after eight rounds.

Germany's Johannes Ludwig tops the standings with 473 points despite a 12th place finish in Sigulda.

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