Kleinheinz wins World Cup luge

, Last Updated: 2:48 PM ET

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) -- Markus Kleinheinz of Austria won a World Cup luge race Sunday in which Tony Benshoof of the United States finished fourth after recording the best time in the first run.

Kleinheinz had a combined time of 1 minute, 50.604 seconds on warm and humid day, posting the fastest time in the second heat. Russia's Albert Demtchenko was runner-up in 1:50.827.

Italy's Armin Zoeggeler, last year's overall World Cup champion, was third in 1:51.005. Benshoof, of White Bear Lake, Minn., followed in 1:51.036 after leading with an opening run of 55.357. He faltered on curves in the second run and finished ninth in the heat.

"It's kind of a letdown after where I was after the first run. ... I made too many mistakes and just could not make up the time," he said.

Germany's Georg Hackl, a three-time Olympic champion, was fifth. He has never won on the Alternberg track.

On Saturday, Germany's Anke Wischnewski won the first World Cup race of her career in the women's singles. Austrians Andreas and Wolfgang took the men's doubles.


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