From Sochi, RUS
(Feb. 24, 2019) – Below are results from the FIL Sprint World Cup finale. World Cup overall points were decided after these events.
The team of Aleksandr Denisev & Vladislav Antonov won their second gold on home ice in as many days, edging out the Latvian duo of Andris & Juris Sics by .011 despite one of the slowest start speeds of the competition.
Toni Eggert & Sascha Benecken, who had already clinched the World Cup title, finished third. Vsevold Kashkin & Konstantin Korshunov finished just .006 behind Eggert & Benecken in fourth, with Thomas Steu & Lorenz Koller and Oskars Kudramovics & Peter Kalnins rounding out the top six.
Behind Eggert & Benecken’s title, Steu & Koller beat out Tobias Wendl & Tobais Arlt by 27 points for second with Wendl & Arlt finishing third overall.
|1||Denisev / Antonov||RUS||13||97.6 km/h||31.450|
|2||Sics / Sics||LAT||9||97.8||31.461|
|3||Eggert / Benecken||GER||12||98.0||31.524|
|4||Kashkin / Korshunov||RUS||11||97.4||31.530|
|5||Steu / Koller||AUT||8||99.5||31.542|
|6||Gudramovics / Kalnins||LAT||6||98.1||31.571|
|7||Wendl / Arlt||GER||7||98.2||31.877|
|7||Rieder / Kainzwaldner||ITA||5||98.2||31.877|
|9||Yuzhakov / Prokhorov||RUS||10||99.0||31.930|
|10||Geueke / Gamm||GER||2||97.9||32.111|
|11||Chmielewski / Kowalewski||POL||1||99.3||32.414|
|12||Putins / Marcinkevics||LAT||3||97.8||38.663|
|DNF||Nagler / Malleier||ITA||4||97.3||DNF|
Viktoriia Demchenko beat out a very strong field of women’s luge athletes on her way to victory in the final women’s sprint race of the year.
Demchenko cruised to a .104 victory over Dajana Eitberger to win her first gold medal of the season. Natalie Geisenberger, who’d been crowned the World Cup champion a day prior, finished third.
Kendija Aparjode, Ulla Zirne, and Andrea Vötter rounded out the top six.
Geisenberger and Julia Taubitz both had their positions in the World Cup solidified after the Women’s Luge race on Saturday. The battle for third was still tight between Eitberger, Summer Britcher, and Tatyana Ivanova, and on the strength of her eighth place finish Summer Britcher took the final spot on the World Cup podium.
|1||Viktoriia Demchenko||RUS||14||98.2 km/h||31.505|
The one World Cup title that was in question coming into the race weekend in Sochi ended up not being much of a question.
A few hours after dominating the men’s luge race, Semen Pavlichenko once again won gold, this time in the Sprint World Cup event.
Pavlichenko couldn’t quite dominate as he did in the full track event, edging out teammates Roman Repilov by .018 and Maksim Aravin by .049.
Felix Loch was the top non-Russian in fourth, ahead of Dominik Fischnaller and Aleksandr Stepichev.
Tucker West finished 14th.
The pair of wins on the weekend gives Pavlichenko the overall title over Repilov by 70 points. Loch finishes the season in third, 19 points ahead of Johannes Ludwig.
|1||Semen Pavlichenko||RUS||15||89.5 km/h||35.566|