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Austria's day as Fenninger wins overall World Cup

Austria's day as Fenninger wins overall World Cup title, Hirscher closes gap on Svindal

France's Alexis Pinturault celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win a men's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switz...
France's Alexis Pinturault, right, the winner, celebrates with teammate and runnerup Thomas Mermillod Blondin in the finish area of a men's alpine ski...
Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrates at finish line after taking second place in a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide...
Switzerland Lara Gut, center, the winner, celebrates with second-placed Austria's Anna Fenninger, left, and third-placed  Slovenia's Tina Maze, after ...
Switzerland's Lara Gut, left, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal celebrate on podium with the crystal ball trophy after placing first in the alpine skiin...
Austria's Anna Fenninger competes on her way to finish in second place, during a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide,...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

France's Alexis Pinturault celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win a men's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switz...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

France's Alexis Pinturault, right, the winner, celebrates with teammate and runnerup Thomas Mermillod Blondin in the finish area of a men's alpine ski...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Austria's Anna Fenninger celebrates at finish line after taking second place in a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Switzerland Lara Gut, center, the winner, celebrates with second-placed Austria's Anna Fenninger, left, and third-placed Slovenia's Tina Maze, after ...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Switzerland's Lara Gut, left, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal celebrate on podium with the crystal ball trophy after placing first in the alpine skiin...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Austria's Anna Fenninger competes on her way to finish in second place, during a women's alpine skiing Super-G at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide,...

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- On a great day for ski-crazed Austria, Anna Fenninger won her first overall World Cup title and Marcel Hirscher took a huge step toward his third.

Fenninger's breakout success was expected on Thursday, though Hirscher surprised himself on super-G day at the World Cup Finals by beating the master of the discipline, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.

Austria can complete its first title double since 2002 when the season-ending slalom and giant slalom -- Hirscher's strongest events -- are raced this weekend.

Fenninger's second-place finish behind super-G race winner Lara Gut built an unassailable points lead over her Swiss friend.

The first Austrian woman to win the overall since 2007, Fenninger says: "It's just, wow."

Fenninger adds: "It means that you are the best skier in the world over the whole season."


Updated : 2021-04-21 02:50 GMT+08:00