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Germany's Tatjana Huefner wins women's luge title

Germany's Tatjana Huefner wins the women's luge gold medal

Huefner coasts to luge victory

Tatjana Huefner won the women's luge to complete a German double at Whistler after Felix Loch won the men's event.

Huefner stretched her overnight lead to win in two minutes 46.524 seconds after the four runs - half a second quicker than Austria's Nina Reithmayer.

Reithmayer had been the surprise leader after the first of Monday's two runs.

Huefner's compatriot Natalie Geisenberger clinched the bronze medal by only eight hundredths of a second from Russia's Tatiana Ivanova.

"I was a bit nervous before my last run but I managed to sleep a little bit and after that I was fine," said Huefner, a keen climber who last year ascended the Matterhorn.

"The start was difficult, especially for us Germans because the start times are our main strength but in the end it was OK. I came here to win and I made's a dream."

Germany have dominated the luge at recent Olympics, with the women winning all three medals in Turin four years ago, so it was no surprise to see Huefner leading by 0.05 seconds after the first two runs.

And she extended her lead with the quickest third round run before producing a near flawless slide in round four to take the title.

The mood remained sombre at the Whistler Sliding Centre though a day after Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was flown home after being killed during a training run.

As a result of Kumaritashvili's death, changes were made to the track and the women's start was moved down to the juniors.

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