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1ST LEAD German pair Wendl and Arlt take record-equalling doubles luge gold By Barry Whelan, dpa

Europe, Europa
14.02.2018
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Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - German pair Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt took gold in the men‘s doubles luge at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, securing a record-equalling five golds in the event for Germany in the process.

Wendl and Arlt clocked up 1 minute 31.697 seconds to become only the third pair to win the doubles event at consecutive Olympics. The win put Germany alongside the former East Germany for all-time victories in the event.

After a poor season by their standards, the pair‘s calmness under pressure in Pyeongchang was a shock even to themselves.

"I was genuinely surprised that we raced so smoothly," a delighted Wendl said.

"We were really relaxed," agreed Arlt. "We had the gold medal from Sochi behind us and we knew what we could do."

The two 30-year-olds held off a strong challenge from Austrian duo Peter Penz and Georg Fischler, who took silver, coming in just eight-hundredths of a second slower than Wendl and Arlt after four runs.

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken beat Wendl and Arlt to the world title in 2017 but they couldn‘t get the better of them this time and were happy to settle for bronze - a nice gift for birthday boy Benecken.

"We‘re delighted," said Benecken, who turned 28 on Wednesday. "We‘ve achieved so much this season. Now we‘ve got ourselves an Olympic medal again."

The German pairs‘ success takes the team‘s luge medal haul to five after gold for Natalie Geisenberger, silver for Dajana Eitberger and bronze for Johannes Ludwig in the individual events.

 

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