SIGULDA, Latvia — Olympic champion Felix Loch secured his sixth overall luge World Cup title while Semen Pavlichenko claimed the men’s European title on Sunday.
Loch’s third place in the World Cup-ending sprint was enough to claim the overall title with 923 points from 13 events. His closest rival, world champion Wolfgang Kindl of Austria, finished 85 points behind.
Russia’s Roman Repilov won the sprint in 27.839 seconds, beating Slovakia’s Jozef Ninis by 0.072 and Loch by 0.138.
Loch effectively only needed to finish to be assured of his title.
Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova won the women’s sprint by 0.005 from Natalie Geisenberger, who had already claimed her record sixth overall World Cup title in Lillehammer, Norway.
World champions and overall World Cup winners Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the doubles sprint, beating Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Sics by 0.087.
Eggert and Benecken clinched the overall World Cup title on Saturday. Loch’s win on Sunday ensured German domination continued ahead of the Olympics, with the men’s, women’s and doubles overall titles all wrapped up.
Earlier Sunday, Semen Pavlichenko won the men’s luge race ahead of Loch to defend his European title.
The World Cup in Sigulda doubled as the International Luge Federation’s 49th European Championships.
Pavlichenko was fastest in the first run and Loch was unable to claw back the difference in the second as the Russian edged him by 0.011 for the victory.
It was Pavlichenko’s third win of the season and his third European gold after wins in 2015 and 2017.
Repilov claimed the bronze medal ahead of Inars Kivlenieks of Latvia and Kindl, the world champion. American luger Chris Mazdzer was sixth.