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In the men’s event, there was a surprise victory for Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller. The 23-year-old clocked an overall time of 1:37.229, pipping German Andi Langenhan to victory. Three-time Olympian Sam Edney of Canada finished third after clocking 1:37.694.
Fischnaller was delighted with his win, though he denied that it meant too much in terms of his chances of Olympic success. “It's incredible,” said the Italian. “You have to get to two good runs in to get a lead here. Fortunately, I managed that, but I had a lot of luck on my side. You can’t read too much into the win here today in terms of next year. Though, of course, I would be delighted to end up back on the podium.”
In the women’s competition, Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova claimed victory, ahead of Natalie Geisenberger of Germany, whose second place was enough to secure the overall World Cup title.
Ivanova impressed on the course, but only had the third fastest time after her first run, with the Russian clocking 46.856 seconds.
She was left trailing behind Geisenberger and fellow German Julia Taubitz, who achieved times of 46.795 and 46.825 respectively.
However, the Russian then hit back on the second run as she achieved the fastest run of the day, crossing the line in a time of 46.792. That gave her a combined time of 1 minute 33.648 seconds, 0.046 of Geisenberger.
There was more German success in the doubles competition, as Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken swept to victory, securing the overall World Cup title in the process. The duo, who are the reigning world champions, clocked an aggregate time of 1:33.581, to finish ahead of compatriots and reigning Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, while Robin Geueke and David Gamm completed an all-German podium.
“When you win gold in the World Championships and then secure the overall win in the World Cup then you are fully justified in calling yourself the best pairing in the world right now,” concluded Benecken.