Geisenberger wins her third World Cup race of the season

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) Natalie Geisenberger’s third win of the season led a German medal sweep at a World Cup women’s luge race Sunday.

Geisenberger set a track record in her second run of the two-run competition to clinch the win. Tatjana Huefner was second, Dajana Eitberger was third, and they were the only women who finished within a half-second of Geisenberger.

Geisenberger led Huefner by the slimmest of margins after the first heat, 0.002 seconds. But a flawless second run kept Geisenberger in the top spot, and she finished 0.157 seconds ahead of Huefner in 1 minute, 44.241 seconds.

In the overall standings, Geisenberger has now opened up a 70-point lead over Huefner. Geisenberger is bidding for her sixth consecutive World Cup title; she’s one of three women with five crowns, joined by Huefner and fellow German star Silke Kraushaar.

Canada’s Alex Gough was the top North American finisher, getting fourth. For the U.S, Summer Britcher was seventh, Erin Hamlin ninth and Emily Sweeney 11th.

Geisenberger got her second medal of the day and 107th of her World Cup career later Sunday in the team relay, when Germany set another track record on the way to the gold. Austria took second, Italy finished third and Canada was fourth.

The circuit begins its North America swing next week in Calgary, Alberta, and then goes to Lake Placid, New York, on Dec. 15 and 16.