German Loch wins men's singles luge Olympic gold

13:13, February 15, 2010      

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Felix Loch of Germany took the gold medal of the men's singles luge competition on Sunday with a combined time of three minutes and 13.085 seconds from four runs at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

His teammate David Moeller finished second in 3:13.764, with legendary Italian Armin Zoeggeler third in 3:14.375.

Loch, aged 20 years 205 days and son of german head luge coach Norbert Loch, became the youngest-ever winner of this event. The honor was formerly held by Dettlef Guenther, who won the men's singles at Innsbruck 1976 Winter Olympics aged 21 years and 161 days.

"It's unbelievable, it's great. I don't have any words, just enjoy it," said the ecstatic police officer, who was greeted by his father at the finish.

"My dad was speechless, he just said 'good job Felix'," he said.

Loch revealed that before the final run, he knew he had secured the title. "I knew at the fourth run I would win and I just enjoyed the run," he said.

The German prodigy, who earned a 0.520 second lead over Moeller over the first three runs, got off to a powerful start in the fourth and finished in a nearly flawless way.

He ousted double Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler from his throne, repeating his dominance of Saturday's opening runs at the Whistler Sliding Centre to complete two more inch-perfect slides.

Source: Xinhua
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