Like the men before, the German female lugers can look forward to successes at the European Championships in Latvia. The team relay takes silver. The competitions give impetus to the home World Cup.
At the end of the European Championships, the German lugers once again won three medals. Anna Berreiter and Dajana Eitberger celebrated a German double success in the individual competition in Sigulda, Latvia.
A little later, Berreiter, together with Max Langenhan and the doubles duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, won silver in the mixed relay behind Latvia.
Berreiter prevailed over her teammate (+0.031 seconds) in the World Cup, which was also counted as the European Championship, and then shed tears of relief. The 23-year-old Olympic silver medalist had a bad fall on the track in 2020 and couldn’t cope at all in the two following years. “It was torture for me to be in this place,” said Berreiter on ARD. She didn’t expect “that it would be enough for the European title. I took my heart in my hands.”
With a strong run, Berreiter managed to jump from seventh place to the top of the podium. For her it was the first women’s title and the fourth World Cup victory of her career.
Eitberger defends the overall lead in the World Cup
Eitberger, who went from fifth to second place, defended her overall World Cup lead on the difficult track in Sigulda. “I was so happy for Anna because I know what she went through here,” she congratulated the winner.
The competition was disappointing for Julia Taubitz. The 26-year-old made a serious mistake in the first race, which caused her to fall back to 16th place without a chance. In the end, the woman from Oberwiesenthal improved to eighth place (+0.299).
Overall, the German team was in good form and continued to make progress ahead of the home World Cup in Oberhof later in the month. In addition to Berreiter, Langenhan also took gold in the men’s single-seater competition on Saturday, ahead of team-mate Felix Loch. David Nössler was eighth, Timon Grancagnolo was 16th.
Wendl and Arlt also managed to win in the doubles and thus also took over the overall World Cup lead. The duo won ahead of two local teams. It was her fourth European title. Toni Eckert and Sascha Benecken had to settle for a disappointing fifth place. Jessica Degenhardt and Cheyenne Rosenthal finished third in the women’s category.
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