By Daniel Etchells

Semen Pavlichenko has won men's singles World and European titles within the space of two weeks ©Getty ImagesRussia's recently-crowned world champion Semen Pavlichenko came out on top once more at the International Luge Federation (FIL) European Championships in Sochi. 

Pavlichenko set a time of 1 min 44.020 in the men's singles race, which doubled as the final round of the Viessmann World Cup, to finish 0.232 seconds ahead of compatriot Alexander Peretyagin, and 0.319 seconds clear of Germany's Felix Loch.

The 23-year-old's maiden win at a World Cup meeting comes just two weeks after he stunned Loch to claim Russia's first-ever World Championships gold medal in Sigulda, Latvia.

"It was a very emotional victory for me here in Russia, almost better than when I won the World Championships in Sigulda," said the champion afterwards.

"I had a really good race.

"My wife and my son are at home, but my sister is here to cheer me on."

Loch collected the Joska Crystal Cup as the overall winner of the World Cup, with his tally of 975 points comfortably eclipsing that of fellow countryman Andi Langenhan on 645, and Austria's Wolfgang Kindl on 605.

Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt triumphed in the doubles event ©Getty ImagesGermany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt triumphed in the doubles event ©Getty Images

Elsewhere at the Championships, there was success for Germany in the doubles as Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt added gold to the three silver medals they had already won in the format.

Austria's Peter Penz and Georg Fischler came second behind the Sochi 2014 Olympic champions, while Latvia's Andris and Juris Šics were in third.

Wendl and Arlt's overall World Cup points tally of 1055 saw them finish 16 points behind fellow Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken in the standings, with the Šics brothers in third on 749.

Germany continued their winning streak in the team relay as the quartet of Loch, Wendl, Arlt and Dajana Eitberger relegated Russia's foursome of Pavlichenko, Tatiana Ivanova, Alexandr Denisyev and Vladislav Antonov to second place,.

Latvia's Eliza Tiruma, Inars Kivlenieks and Andris and Juris Šics took third position. 

The squad also collected the overall World Cup title with a perfect score of 600 points, while Russia took second spot and the United States came third.

Prior to her team success, Eitberger prevailed in the women's singles, condemning team mate Natalie Geisenberger and Russia's Tatiana Ivanova to second and third place respectively.

The 24-year-old's first World Cup win was not enough to overturn Geisenberger's lead in the overall standings however, as she finished second on 851 points to her compatriot's 1080, with fellow German Tatjana Hüfner in third on 727.

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