German pair race to luge gold

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt collected the men's doubles title in Sochi to hand Germany their third gold medal in three luge events.

The world champions saw-off reigning two-time Olympic champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linger by 0.522sec after posting a combined time of one minute 38.933 seconds from their two runs.

Their success followed German teammates Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger, who won Olympic gold medals in men's and women's singles earlier in the week.

In other action, the Dutch continued their golden speed skating run when Stefan Groothuis won the men's 1,000 metres title.

He clocked one minute 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps in the 16th heat of 20 at the Adler Arena, with compatriot Michel Mulder of Netherlands, the winner of the men's 500m, taking bronze and Canadian Denny Morrison sandwiched between the pair to earn silver.

Groothuis said: "It was really unexpected. The last two Olympics weren't my favourite thing, and I was happy to go home, but now it's different.

"I didn't even know what the best time was and when I crossed the finish line, I was really surprised. It was the best time I've ever skated on a low-altitude track."

His win saw a fourth speed skating gold in five events for the Dutch, who have now won 10 medals in Sochi, all from speed skating.