Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won a third consecutive doubles luge title ©Getty Images

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt completed a hat-trick of victories in the Olympic luge doubles competition, leading a German one-two finish at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre.

The German duo were hoping to replicate the achievement of compatriot Natalie Geisenberger, who had added Beijing 2022 gold to victories in the women’s singles at Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018.

Wendl and Arlt earned the lead at the halfway mark of the competition, with the duo recording a run of 58.255 seconds in their first run.

The time gave them a narrow lead over world champions and compatriots Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, who were 0.045 adrift.

Both pairings were closely matched again in the second run, with Wendl and Arlt narrowly clinching victory.

Wendl and Arlt finished the second run in 58.299, giving them an overall winning time of 1min 56.554sec and a third consecutive Olympic gold.

The German one-two was completed by Eggert and Benecken, who clocked a time of 1:56.653.

Germany celebrated a one-two finish in the doubles competition ©Getty Images
Germany celebrated a one-two finish in the doubles competition ©Getty Images

"It's a feeling like we won the first time," said Arlt.

"Every success is a new success.

"We know what hard work we had and it makes us very proud.

"It's not easy, 20 years to slide together and we are like brothers.

"We’ve known each other for so long and I'm very proud of him [Wendl}.

"He made it so good."

Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller completed the podium places, finishing in a time of 1:57.065.

Latvia’s Martins Bots and Roberts Plume were fourth in 1:57.419, with their team mates Andris and Juris Sics following in 1:57.419.

Germany will hope for a clean sweep of luge titles when the team relay event is contested tomorrow.