January 12, 2013

Clukey sixth in luge World Cup meet

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Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine, speeds down the track during the women's luge World Cup race in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday. Clukey finished sixth.


OBERHOF, Germany — Overall leader Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top four places to post her fourth World Cup victory of the season on Saturday.

Germans also won the men's doubles, with Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken ending the five-race winning streak of compatriots Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arl. Austria's Peter Penz-Georg Fischler claimed third.

The races also counted as the European Championships.

Geisenberger left Tatjana Huefner, Anke Wischnewski and Dajana Eitberger behind, beating Huefner by 0.187 seconds.

Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine, was sixth and teammate Erin Hamlin was seventh.

Wendl and Arl remain overwhelming leaders in the overall doubles standings at 585 points, ahead of Eggert-Benecken (467) and Penz-Fischler in second and third place.

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