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Gough just misses a medal in Austria

CTVOlympics.ca
Posted Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:37 AM ET

Calgary's Alex Gough finished just off the podium in fourth place at the second stop on the Viessmann Luge World Cup in Igls, Austria on Saturday.

Finishing in fourth spot in both of her runs for a combined time of 1:19:533, she placed behind three German lugers.

Natalie Geisenberger, the world silver-medallist, won gold and set a new track record of 39.569 in her first run. She won with a total time of 1:19.229. Tatjana Hüfner took silver (1:19.282), and Anke Wischnewski earned bronze (1:19.289).

That was the 92nd victory in a row for Germany in the women's Viessmann World Cup.

Meaghan Simister of Regina, Sask. finished 14th, and Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta. was 15th.

Gough resides in fifth place in the overall World Cup standings with 110 points. It's all Germans ahead of her. Hufner and Geisengerger are tied in first with 185 points, Wischnewski is third with 140 and Corina Martini is fourth with 115.

Later Saturday, Germany's Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch captured gold in the doubles competition. In the first run the three-time World Champions improved the brand new track record of their team-mates Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt (39.303 seconds) with a time of 39.278. They won in a total time of 1:18.631.

Leitner and Resch are so far unbeaten in this World Cup season.

Second place went to Germans André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich followed by Austria's Andres Linger/Wolfgang Linger, the 2006 Olympic champions.

Brothers Mike Moffat and Chris Moffat of Calgary came in on 11th with a combined time of 1:19.438, slipping slightly from their 10th place finish in the season-opener on their home track in Calgary last week.