SIGULDA, Latvia — World champions Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the last luge doubles race of the season to simultaneously win the European title and successfully defend their overall World Cup title on Saturday.
The Germans were quickest in the first run and fast enough in their second to defeat Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Sics by 0.055 seconds, and the Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt by 0.226.
Eggert and Benecken had an unassailable lead of 1,070 points in the overall World Cup standings ahead of Sunday’s final sprint. Wendl and Arlt were on 877.
Later Saturday, Tatyana Ivanova put aside doping allegations as she won the women’s race and clinched her third European title.
Russian luge athletes banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping violations at the 2014 Olympics are not facing sanctions by the International Luge Federation, which said there was insufficient evidence to convict them of any wrongdoing.
Ivanova, who has appealed her doping case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, was quickest in both runs as she defeated overall World Cup winner Natalie Geisenberger by 0.087 seconds and Italy’s Sandra Robatscher by 0.371.
Geisenberger had already clinched her record sixth overall World Cup title in Lillehammer, Norway.
The World Cup in Sigulda is doubling as the European championships.