There were three World Championship decisions on the first day of the Luge World Championship at Königssee – German athletes were allowed to cheer twice. The German team celebrated fourfold success in the women’s category. In the end, Julia Taubitz from Oberwiesenthal was ahead of the game and secured the gold medal in the sprint with a fabulous run ahead of her teammates Anna Berreiter (+ 0.011 seconds) and Dajana Eitberger (+ 0.199).
“This is so beautiful. I am overjoyed, a huge burden has fallen off me”, said the 24-year-old Taubitz after her first individual World Cup victory. And Berreiter, who was nominated for the World Cup sprint this week, could hardly believe her luck: “I’m overwhelmed,” said the 21-year-old.
Natalie Geisenberger, great German hope for gold in the single-seater, was fourth, 0.220 seconds behind, and surprisingly missed a medal on her home track.
Wendl / Arlt go to gold
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are back: In the short World Cup discipline, in which the time in the ice channel is not measured at the start but only after about 100 meters, the previous series winners competed against the Latvian duo Andris Sics / Juris Sics (+ 0.014 seconds) and their German long-term competitors Toni Eggert / Sascha Benecken (Ilsenberg / Suhl + 0.035).
With a good fifth place, Hannes Orlamünder / Paul Constantin Gubitz (Zella-Mehlis + 0.114) completed the excellent German team result.
Felix Loch missed the World Cup medal in the sprint
Previously, Felix Loch had missed the bronze medal in the individual sprint by 66 thousandths of a second. The Austrian Nico Gleirscher won, whose time (38.375 seconds) none of his competitors could undercut. The Russian Semjon Pavlitschenko was second, 0.041 seconds behind. Bronze went to David Gleirscher from Austria (+ 0.042 seconds). Max Langenhan was sixth (+ 0.157), Johannes Ludwig ninth (+ 0.346).
“I had a huge driving mistake upstairs, which dragged down and then had a real impact below“said hole, “I was afraid for a moment that the sledge would go up and grab the boards. I’m glad I got down safely.”
Immediately afterwards, the sprint world champions in doubles and women will be determined on the track in Schönau am Königssee.
Stand: 29.01.2021, 15:48