Host Germany wins 5 medals on 1st day of luge worlds

KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Host Germany has won five of the nine available medals on the first day of luge’s world championships, including a podium sweep in the women’s sprint race. Julia Taubitz was first, Anna Berreiter second and Dajana Eitberger third for the Germans in the women’s sprint Friday. In the doubles sprint, Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the gold with Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken taking third. The men’s sprint world title went to Austria’s Nico Gleirscher. Summer Britcher was the top U.S. finisher on the day, placing seventh in the women’s sprint.