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Geisenberger leads German 1-2-3 at luge World Cup

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WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger claimed her seventh luge World Cup success in eight races and helped Germany to a third straight weekend's clean sweep with victory in the team relay on Sunday.

Geisenberger, the Olympic and World Cup champion, was fastest in both runs of the women's race for a combined time of 1 minute, 53.829 seconds, beating compatriots Dajana Eltberger by 0.195 and Anke Wischnewski by 0.342.

"I keep trying to prepare myself as well as I can for each race. It's not boring for me," Geisenberger said after her 30th World Cup win.

Summer Britcher of the United States was 0.621 back in fourth, followed by Canada's Alex Gough, 0.892 back.

Tatjana Huefner went out early, leaving Eltberger as Geisenberger's closest rival in the standings. With four races remaining, Geisenberger has increased her lead to 244 points.

The 26-year-old Geisenberger later helped Germany to victory in the team relay.

Geisenberger, Felix Loch and doubles team Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken were all quickest in their individual runs to win in a combined time of 2:26.434.

Loch and Eggert/Benecken had won the men's and doubles' races respectively on Saturday.

Austria's Birgit Platzer, Reinhard Egger and Peter Penz/Georg Fischler were second in the team relay, ahead of Russia's Ekaterina Baturina, Stepan Fedorov and Alexandr Denisyev/Vladislav Antonov.

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