Wendl, Arlt win 5th straight at luge World Cup

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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won their fifth consecutive luge World Cup on Saturday to maintain their perfect start to the season.

The Germans clocked the fastest times in both runs on their home track to finish with a combined time of 1 minute, 41.411 seconds for their 15th career win.

In heavy rain, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken made it a German 1-2, while Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria finished third.

"I've never experienced such bad conditions on our home track," Wendl said. "It's true that you need to be a daredevil in your discipline, but as you grow older, your brain kicks in as well."

The top American finishers were Jake Hyms and Andrew Sherk (11th) and Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall (16th.)

Natalie Geisenberger was fastest in both runs of the women's race to lead a German sweep of the top three positions and consolidate her lead in the standings with her third season victory.

Geisenberger clocked 1:42.325 to finish ahead of Carina Schwab and Aileen Frisch. Canada's Alex Gough was fourth.

The top Americans were Julia Clukey (6th) and Erin Hamlin (10th). Clukey matched her season-best finish on opening day in Igls, Austria.

"My first run was really good, but I had some issues in the second," said Clukey, who is returning to form after injuries and surgeries. "I haven't thought about my back or neck or the surgeries. It's no longer a thought in my head. I'm strong. I'm back lifting."

Geisenberger leads with 470 points after five races, followed by Germany's Anke Wischnewski (370) and Russia's Tatiana Ivanova (280).

In the men's standings, Wendl and Arlt have 500, followed by Penz and Fischler on 370, and Eggert and Benecken on 367.