Julia Taubitz leads German luge singles sweep as Austria slide to surprise team victory

Germany take top four spots in the women's luge singles but it's Austria day in team relay as they claim first ever win at the 2021 Koenigsee Worlds

2 min By Ken Browne
Julia Taubitz of Germany celebrates after winning the Women's Singles during day 3 of the 50th FIL Luge World Championships 2021 LOTTO at Bayern Eisarena Koenigssee on January 31, 2021 in Koenigssee, Germany. (Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/Getty Images)
(Picture by 2021 Getty Images)

The hosts asserted their dominance in the women's singles as Austria sprung a surprise in the team relay event at the 50th Luge World Championships in Konigsee, Germany, on Sunday (31 January).

24-year-old Julia Taubitz claimed her first singles world title ahead of four-time Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger, and PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist Dajana Eitberger,

21-year-old Anna Berreiter finished fourth, another German slider proving the strength in depth of their lugers.

Taubitz was fastest in both runs clocking 50.417 and 50.715 to record 1:41.132 overall, +0.315 faster than Geisenberger, and +0.472 quicker than Dajana Eitberger.

It's been a brilliant world champs for rising star Taubitz who goes home with her first individual Worlds medals, gold in sprint and in singles.

Anna Berreiter won silver behind Taubitz in sprint, stepping up on a World podium for the first time too.

Austria win first team relay

But Germany didn't have it all their own way today, Austria won their first team relay world title ahead of a stacked local team.

Austria's Madeleine Egle, David Gleirscher and Thomas Steu/Lorenz Koller won gold by four hundredths of a second.

The German team of Julia Taubitz, Felix Loch, and Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken lost out by 0.038 after a searing doubles run by Steu/Koller.

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