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German Sliders Dominate World Cup Luge Events - 2001-12-08

German sliders have won two out of the three events at a World Cup luge event in Konigssee, Germany, with Austria's Marcus Prock taking the men's title ahead of three-time Olympic champion George Hackl of Germany.

Prock finished in 50.112 seconds, which was one-one-thousandth of a second faster than Hackl (50.113). Italian Armin Zoeggeler finished third (50.127).

World champion Sylke Otto of Germany won the women's singles in 48.147 seconds, more than three-10ths of a second ahead of compatriot and former Olympic champion Silke Kraushaar. Barbara Niedernhuber of Germany was third.

The German team got another win in men's doubles, where Torsten Wurstlich and Andre Florschutz won in 47-point-seven-nine-two seconds. Austria's Markus and Tobias Schiegl were second (47.835) with Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin third (47.929).

Meanwhile, Germany's Christoph Langen has won his third straight World Cup two-man bobsled race by edging Americans Todd Hays and Pavle Jovanovic at an event in Igls, Austria.

Langen finished with the fastest two times of 52.85 and 53.12seconds, for a combined time of one minute, 45.97 seconds. Hays finished nine-100ths of a second back. Rene Spies and Franz Sagmeister of Germany were third.

The victory was Langen's third since he returned to the circuit December first. However, Hays still leads the overall standings with 132 points. Martin Annen of Switzerland is in second place with 124 points and Langen is third overall with 106 points. The tour continues Sunday with the four-man race.

In other news, American bobsledder and runner Jeff Laynes has been suspended for two years, after testing positive for drugs and admitting he tried to change data on drug testing forms.

Laynes tested positive twice for the anabolic steroid, stanozolol. The U-S Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that the tests were done at athletics meets in Spain and Germany last July.

Laynes was disqualified from his first-place finish in the 200-meters in Spain and a second in the 100-meters in Germany. He also was cited for trying to change information on three forms that are part of a drug test, and he was banned from bobsledding for two years.

The two-year suspensions are the maximum penalty allowed by both the U-S Anti-doping Agency and the International Association of Athletics Federations. The bans will be retroactive to the first offenses in each sport.