Felix Loch lined up to win 7th overall World Cup luge title after Saturday win


Felix Loch of Germany is well on his way to a seventh World Cup luge overall championship.

Loch got his seventh win in eight races this season on Saturday in Sigulda, Latvia, prevailing over fellow German slider Johannes Ludwig by nearly one-quarter of a second and extending his standings lead to 250 points with only four races remaining.

One hundred points go to the winner of each race, with 85 for second, 70 for third and decreasing totals from there.

Loch, assuming he and Ludwig appear in all four of the remaining races, would need to average only ninth-place finishes to win the overall points crown. He has 755 points while Ludwig is second 505.

WATCH | Felix Loch slides to 7th World Cup victory of season:

Germany’s Felix Loch won his seventh World Cup singles luge event of the season this time in Sigulda, Latvia as he crossed the line with a two-run time of 1:35.884 2:32

Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller was third in Saturday’s race, and remained third in the overall standings. Tucker West was the top American, placing 12th, one spot ahead of Chris Mazdzer and three spots ahead of Jonny Gustafson.

In doubles Saturday, Latvia took gold and bronze; Andris Sics and Juris Sics won, Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and Martins Bots and Roberts Plume got third on home ice.

Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman were 10th for the U.S. in the doubles race.

WATCH | Latvia’s Andris and Juris Sics capture doubles title:

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists Andris and Juris Sics of Latvia won Saturday’s World Cup doubles luge event in Sigulda, Latvia crossing the line with a two-run time of 1:23.610 2:23

Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller were fifth but extended their overall series points lead over five-time champions Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany, who lost control of their sled in the first run and finished 22nd.

Steu and Koller lead Eggert and Benecken by 56 points with four races left, two of them on the Austrians’ home track in Innsbruck.

The women’s race in Sigulda is Sunday.

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