Luge - Germany's dominance completed with relay win

Germany rounded off a dominant European Luge Championships, and sixth World Cup round, in Oberhof in style as they won the mixed team relay for the first time in seven years.

The host nation completed a clean sweep of the individual events hours before the start of the relay as World Cup leader Felix Loch won the men’s race.

That came after Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken had won the doubles and Natalie Geisenberger the women's events on home ice 24 hours beforehand.

More than that, World Cup leaders Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt joined Eggert and Benecken on the doubles podium in second while Germany had one-two-three's in the men's and women's events.

Victory in the mixed team relay was therefore expected and Germany didn't disappoint as Geisenberger, Loch and Eggert and Benecken combined to win by almost half a second.

The Germans posted a winning time of 2:24.291minutes with the Italian team of Sandra Gasparini, Armin Zoeggeler and Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber taking second.

Oberstolz and Gruber actually posted a quicker doubles time than their German rivals but it mattered little with defending European champions Russian 0.757 behind overall for third.