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Erin Hamlin wins women’s sprint for 2nd world championships gold

Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, stands in the gold-medal position between Switzerland’s Martina Kocher, left, and Tatjana Huefner of Germany following Friday’s luge sprint world championship race in Igls, Austria. (Photo courtesy of International Luge Federation/Wolfgang Harder)

IGLS, Austria (AP) — American luger Erin Hamlin won the women’s sprint world title today for her second career gold medal.

Hamlin, who is from Remsen, New York, and lives in Lake Placid for training, beat defending champion Martina Kocher of Switzerland by 0.009 seconds, while Tatjana Huefner of Germany came 0.010 back in third to take the bronze.

Hamlin won the women’s single race eight years ago at the worlds in Lake Placid. She also took bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Austrian luger Wolfgang Kindl won the men’s sprint title at his home world championships today. He led Roman Repilov of Russia by 0.012 for his first gold medal. Dominik Fischnaller of Italy finished 0.123 behind and won bronze. Defending champion Felix Loch of Germany came more than two-tenths off the pace in 10th.

In the doubles sprint, German duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt successfully defended the title they won last year on home ice in Koenigssee.

Wendl and Arlt, who also are the 2014 Olympic champions, beat Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria by 0.106 seconds. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken were 0.113 behind to make it a German sweep.

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