Luge World Cup victory never in doubt for Roman Repilov after breaking track record
Roman Repilov was in no doubt top spot was in his capabilities after an excellent performance saw him break the track record in the Luge World Cup in Lake Placid.
The Russian stopped the clock in a time of 50.875s in his second run in New York, blitzing his way to the top of the standings with a performance right out of the top drawer.
That effort beat Semen Pavlichenko's record set just a day earlier, though his compatriot still did more than enough to take second place in the standings.
Indeed, his second run was to produce a record performance, with his start time of 6.357s in his first run the quickest seen in Viessmann.
His overall time of 1:41.934 was to be 0.064s shy of Repilov however, while Tucker West – who had led after the first run on his own American ice – had to settle for third overall.
That came after a disappointing second run which saw him finish in 51.228s, the ninth quickest, though he comfortably took his spot on the podium.
Olympic champion Felix Loch could only finish seventh, but his overall World Cup lead is still intact, sitting on 501 points.
Pavlichenko sits in second, 150 points off the pace while Austria's world champion Wolfgang Kindl rounds off the top three having finished sixth in this race.
"That's no surprise for me. I knew that I could win here in Lake Placid. I dedicate this victory to our coaching team, the entire Russian team and my home country," said Repilov.