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Sochi Olympics: Germany rises to top with seven golds

SOCHI: Germany has taken the top position in the medals table of the 2014 Winter Olympics here in Sochi after day six of the competition, ARY News reports on Friday.

The Germans continued their dominance in the Luge competition as Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the gold medal in the Men's Luge doubles outpacing the Austrian pair of Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of into silver and Latvian team of Andris and Juris Sics in 38.933 seconds.

Germany has clean sweeped the Luge competition as they had already won the men's and women's singles competition.

France secured the gold medal after Martin Fourcade won the 20km Biathlon race to win his second gold medal of this year's Olympics. Erik Lesser of Germany secured the silver medal while Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia, on his 26th birthday, clinched the bronze medal for his country.

Fourcade had earlier scored the gold medal in 12.5 km biathlon pursuit.

Canda, United States of America and Russia started their men's ice hockey campaign in dominant fashion. United States of America thrashed Slovakia 7-1 whereas Canada defeated Norway 3-1. Russian team dominated Slovenain side 5-2.

Meanwhile at the Adler Arena, Zhang Hong of China gave a stunning performance in the 1000 metre speed skating event to win the gold medal. She secured the top spot in the competition 1 min 42.02 seconds whereas Ireen Wust, who won the gold in the 3000 metre event, and Margot Boer, bronze medalist in the 500 metre, of Netherlands won the silver and bronze medal for the Dutch side.

Germany currently leads the Winter Olympics with seven gold medals whereas Canada and Norway are at the second and third position in the medals table with their four golds each. Four gold medals by the United States puts them in the fourth spot in the medals count of the Winter Olympics. 

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