Luge - Langenhan speeds to gold

Germany’s Andi Langenhan won gold in the Viessmann World Cup and European Championships in Paramonovo, Russia, with the fastest run of the day clinching a dramatic victory.

Luge - Langenhan speeds to gold

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Andi Langenhan

Langenhan, who finished fifth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, completed his second run in 45.925 seconds to finish 0.085 ahead of nearest challenger, Italian Armin Zoggeler.

The double Olympic champion put in a gutsy final slide, 45.963, for a combined time of 1:31.961 minutes which propelled him from the bronze medal position and ahead of Langenhan’s compatriot Felix Loch.

Loch, the 2010 Olympic champion, put in an impressive first run of 45.956, but a combined time of 1:32.042 was only enough for third.

Russia’s Albert Demchenko came home just outside the medals in fourth in 1:32.184 while David Moller made it three Germans in the top five with a time of 1:32.243.

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