Luge - Wischnewski claims first World Cup win in eight years

Anke Wischnewski scratched an eight-year itch at the opening round of the new luge World Cup season after claiming her first victory in eight years in Austria.

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Luge - Wischnewski claims first World Cup win in eight years
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Anke Wischnewski: Auftaktsieg in Innsbruck-Igls

The 34-year-old, from Germany, last topped the World Cup podium in Altenberg in November 2004 enduring eight years of everything but a win on the circuit since. You could have forgiven Wischnewski for not believing ultimate success would come having finished third in the overall World Cup standings for the past four seasons running. However she was finally toasting victory in Innsbruck although it was by the narrowest of margins over German teammate and Olympic bronze medallist Natalie Geisenberger. Wischnewski laid down a formidable marker for victory with a time of 39.875seconds on her first run with Canadian Alex Gough placing second with 39.983. And, despite Geisenberger, posting the fastest time of the second runs, 39.917, Wischnewski's effort of 39.961 was the second quickest and enough for her to maintain first place. She clocked an overall time of 1:19.836minutes with Geisenberger 0.074 adrift in second while Gough had to settle for third a further 0.078 back on Wischnewski. Meanwhile Tatjana Hufner, who won the overall World Cup title for the fifth successive time last season, finished off the podium although teammate Aileen Frisch ensured there were four Germans in the top five.

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