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Ivanova gets win, Geisenberger extends luge points lead

Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova rallied to defeat series points leader Natalie Geisenberger of Germany in a women’s World Cup luge race Sunday.

Ivanova finished two runs in 1 minute, 23.594 seconds. Geisenberger, who led after the first run, finished in 1:23.646. Russia’s Viktoriia Demchenko was third in 1:23.755.

It was the eighth runner-up finish in as many races this season for Geisenberger, who extended her lead over fellow German Julia Taubitz to 29 points in the overall standings with four races remaining.

Natalie Geisenberger of Germany reacts after she placed second in a women's race at the Luge World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP PhotoRoman Koksarov)

Summer Britcher was 10th for the U.S., while Brittney Arndt was 12th and Ashley Farquharson was 14th.

Russia also won the team relay.

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Viktoriia Demchenko of Russia reacts after shefinished third in a women's race at the Luge World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP PhotoRoman Koksarov)