Zoeggeler wins in Germany
Double Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler ensured Germany’s wait for a luge World Cup win in Koenigssee goes on after the Italian romped to victory.
At the fifth stop of the World Cup series, Zoeggeler posted a new track record with his first run before celebrating his eighth win on the oldest artificial track in the world and his 53rd career victory.
He clocked a combined time of 1:41.259 minutes for a fourth consecutive win of the season with Russia’s Albert Demchenko finishing 0.357 seconds off the pace in second.
Zoeggeler’s compatriot Reinhold Rainer was a further 0.052 behind to complete the podium, ensuring there were no German medals with David Moeller and Olympic champion Felix Loch finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
“My first run was near perfect. But to say it was the best Armin Zoeggeler of all time – that will be for others to determine,” said the five-time world champion.
“Anyway, I feel great and it’s always something special to defeat the German athletes on their home track.”
Georg Hackl was the last German to celebrate men’s singles victory in Koenigssee back in December 2001.
Zoeggeler is currently leading the overall World Cup rankings with 470 points, followed by Loch (345) and Moeller (324).