Tobogganing: EM double success for Berreiter and Eitberger

EM double success for Berreiter and Eitberger

The tobogganist Anna Berreiter in action at the World Cup in Sigulda.  Photo: Roman Koksarov/AP/dpa

The tobogganist Anna Berreiter in action at the World Cup in Sigulda. photo

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Like the men before, the German female lugers can look forward to successes at the European Championships in Latvia. The competitions give impetus to the home World Cup.

Anna Berreiter and Dajana Eitberger have at the European Championships in Tobogganing celebrated a German double success.

Berreiter sat down at the World Cup in Latvia, which was also considered an EM Sigulda ahead of her teammate (+0.031 seconds). Third place went to local hero Elina Ieva Vilola (+0.037). Merle Fräbel in fourth rounded off the strong result of the German women lugers.

With a strong run, Berreiter managed to jump from seventh place to the top of the podium. For the 23-year-old Olympic silver medalist in Beijing, it was the first title in the Women and the fourth overall World Cup win of her career.

Eitberger, who went from fifth to second place, defended her overall World Cup lead on the difficult track in Sigulda. Fräbel dropped from second to fourth place in her first World Cup season.

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, Max Langenhahn also won on Saturday in the men– Single-seater competition gold ahead of teammate Felix Loch. David Nössler was eighth, Timon Grancagnolo was 16th.

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt also managed to win in the doubles and thus also took over the overall World Cup lead. The duo won ahead of two homegrown duos. 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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