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Tatyana Ivanova of Russia completes her second run in the Women's competition of the Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup at Lake Placid Olympic Center on December 16, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York

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27/01/2019 at 17:17 | Updated 27/01/2019 at 18:55

Tatiana Ivanova, Semen Pavlichenko, Vladislav Yuzhakov and Yuri Prokhorov broke Germany's near two-decade stranglehold on the luge's team world title as Russia reigned supreme.

A German sled had won every World Championship team event since 2000, with Ivanova twice piloting Russia to second-placed finishes - in both 2012 and 2015 - but in Sunday's relay in Winterberg, the tables were finally turned.

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The Russians came home in 2:24.116 to top the podium, 0.508 seconds ahead of the Austrian sled of Hannah Prock, Reinhard Egger, Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller (2:24.624).

And the home crowd were left disappointed as Germany's all-start crew of Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken were forced to settle for bronze (2:24.647).

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