KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Russia’s Roman Repilov received his second consecutive males’s luge world championship Saturday, overtaking World Cup champion Felix Loch within the second warmth to efficiently defend the title.
However after hoisting his gold medal, Repilov eliminated his hat in preparation for the winner’s flag to be displayed and anthem to blare. That was not the case.
Russian athletes can take part within the luge world championships, however solely as impartial rivals and never formally representing their nation due to the sanctions levied in opposition to that nation for a doping scandal.
The flag displayed in Repilov’s honor was the Worldwide Luge Federation’s, a blue define of a luge athlete on a sled with a white background. The federation’s anthem was performed as properly. Russian athletes who medal on the Tokyo Olympics this summer time or the Beijing Video games in February 2022 will expertise comparable scenes; no Russian flag, no Russian anthem.
Repilov had the quickest warmth within the second and ultimate run and prevailed by 0.062 seconds over Loch. Austria’s David Gleirscher, the reigning Olympic champion, was third and completed 0.217 seconds again of Repilov’s successful time of 1:37.810.
Chris Mazdzer was the highest U.S. finisher, putting tenth. Mazdzer, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, bought his finest world-championships end since putting fourth in 2016. Tucker West was 14th for the U.S. within the males’s race, and Jonny Gustafson positioned thirty first.
In doubles, Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken received their fourth consecutive world title — making them simply the second sled to win that many in succession. Margit Schumann of East Germany received 4 consecutive girls’s world luge titles from 1973 via 1977. World championships usually are not held in Olympic years.
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany had been second, and Latvia’s Andris Sics and Juris Sics had been third. Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman had been sixteenth for the U.S.
The world championships finish Sunday with the ladies’s race and group relay. The worldwide luge season ends subsequent weekend with the World Cup finale in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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