Former world champion Wolfgang Kindl of Austria, pictured, and Germany's Max Langenhan shared gold ©Getty Images

Former world champion Wolfgang Kindl of Austria and Germany's Max Langenhan shared gold in the men's singles event at the Luge World Cup after they recorded identical times in Altenberg.

Kindl and Langenhan, a two-time world junior champion, could not be separated after both athletes clocked a combined 1min 47.997sec following their two runs at the German venue.

It is only the second time, and first since 2011, where the gold medal has been shared at a Luge World Cup.

Olympic mixed team gold medallist Johannes Ludwig of Germany was third, 0.033 behind the pair.

"I think it's totally cool that two of us can stand on the top podium," said Kindl. 

"It would also have been a shame if someone was second with a thousandth of a second behind."

Langenhan also enjoyed the result of the competition.

"The fact that there was a thousandths decision is something I have never experienced before and is funny," he said.

"It is cool for the sport when you finish tied to the thousandths after three kilometres of racing in the ice track."

Ludwig remains the overall World Cup leader on 405 points, with Langenhan second on 336.

Germany claimed the team relay honours thanks to Julia Taubitz, Max Langenhan and the doubles pairing of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken.

The German quartet completed the race 0.325 ahead of Italy's Andrea Vötter, Dominik Fischnaller, and Ludwig Rieder and Patrick Rastner.

Russia's Ekaterina Katnikova, Aleksandr Gorbatcevich, and Aleksandr Denisov and Vladislav Antonov were third.

The Luge World Cup is due to continue in Innsbruck from December 18 to 19.