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Maria Riesch wins World Cup downhill, Vonn 5th

Maria Riesch wins World Cup downhill, Vonn 5th

Maria Riesch of Germany won a World Cup downhill race Saturday, ending Lindsey Vonn's perfect streak this season in the glamor speed event.
Riesch timed 1 minute, 41.31 seconds on the Corviglia piste to close the gap on Vonn to 61 points in the overall World Cup standings.
"I just wanted to put yesterday's race behind me and I did that," said Riesch, who made a bad mistake and skied out in the super-combined event Friday.
Ingrid Jacquemod of France was second, 0.79 behind Riesch, and Switzerland's Fabienne Suter trailed by 0.96 in third.
Vonn had won the first five downhills of the season but finished fifth, 1.21 seconds behind.
The American lost speed when almost losing her balance after her skis struck a hole in the snow, coming out of a tight right hand corner in the second half of the course.
"I'm pretty disappointed with my result," Vonn said. "I lost my direction and barely made my next gate."
Vonn was one of several racers to find trouble at the same spot, which was described as "dangerous" by Slovenia's Tina Maze.
It appeared to have been created by racing in the super-G portion of Friday's race.
"I'm a little upset that there had to be this hole from (Friday) and I just wish it could have been a more fair race," Vonn said. "Definitely the early runners had an advantage but that happens, that's life."
Seven of the top 10 finishers were among the first 11 starters, including Americans Alice McKennis in ninth and 10th-placed Chelsea Marshall.
Of the later racers, only Vonn and Friday's winner Anja Paerson _ who placed fourth, 0.01 off the podium _ came within 1.77 of Riesch.


Updated : 2021-06-15 07:56 GMT+08:00