Kristers Aparjods enjoyed individual and team success at the Luge World Cup in Sigulda ©Getty Images

Latvia claimed victory in the team relay event in a track record at the International Luge Federation World Cup in Sigulda.

The Latvian quartet posted the fastest times in all three runs - with Elina Ieva Vitola in the women’s single, Kristers Aparjods in the men’s single and double Martins Bots and Roberts Plume combining to set a time of 2min 12.111sec.

Second place went to Germany’s team of Dajana Eitberger, who won in the women’s singles yesterday on her 32nd birthday, Felix Loch in the men’s singles, and double Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt managing a combined time of 2:12.339.

The podium was completed by the United States whose quartet of Emily Sweeney in the women’s single, Tucker West in the men’s single and double Zachary Di Gregorio and Sean Hollander earning a total time of 2:12.948.

Latvia coach Martins Rubenis, who has won two Olympic bronze medals as a competitor both individually and in the team event said: "All athletes, mechanics and support staff contributed to the success and that makes me very proud.

"Next week everything starts all over again, but I hope we can repeat the successes.

"We will celebrate, but not too much, as we still have a lot of work to do."

It was a day to forget for Austria who were unable to complete the event after Lisa Schulte did not finish her run.

As well as being part of the winning Latvian team, Aparjods was also able to celebrate individual success after triumphing in the men’s singles.

Aparjods, who won men’s singles gold at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, posted the fastest times in both runs, one of 47.615sec in run one, followed by a 47.613 in run two, on his way to a time of 1:35.228.

It meant he defended his men’s singles crown from last year and secured him a third World Cup victory of his career, at a track he lives 40 kilometres from.

"I am so happy!" Aparjods said afterwards. It was really challenging because there were so many people from home here.

"I live 40km from here, so I was already very nervous because you just want to do your best.

"However, it was just my day today! It was the first time I went so fast here and it were two almost perfect runs. That makes me proud really."

Germany’s Max Langenhan claimed second in 1:35.481, with the podium completed by Dominik Fischnaller of Italy in 1:35.495.