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Austrian Reichelt spoils Swiss day to win World Cup downhill

Austrian Reichelt spoils Switzerland's big day to win classic World Cup downhill at Wengen

The "Patrouille Suisse" and the Airbus A320 of the Swiss International Airline  perform  during an airshow prior to the men's downhill race at the FIS...
Hannes Reichelt celebrates after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Wengen, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

The "Patrouille Suisse" and the Airbus A320 of the Swiss International Airline perform during an airshow prior to the men's downhill race at the FIS...

Switzerland Alpine Skiing World Cup

Hannes Reichelt celebrates after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Wengen, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni...

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) -- Hannes Reichelt of Austria spoiled Switzerland's big day to win the host nation's signature World Cup downhill on Sunday.

Reichelt took victory ahead of three Swiss former winners here by completing the grueling 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) Lauberhorn course in 2 minutes, 36.14 seconds.

Beat Feuz was 0.12 behind in second, and third-place Carlo Janka was a further 0.02 back in what shaped as a classic duel for the home crowd which was silenced by Reichelt's run. Defending champion Patrick Kueng was fourth.

Reichelt was runner-up a year ago and placed third in 2013.

The 34-year-old Austrian's previous downhill win was his home classic at Kitzbuehel last January. Two days later, Reichelt underwent back surgery which ruled him out of the Sochi Olympics.

The result was provisional with lower-ranked skiers still racing.


Updated : 2021-09-21 21:15 GMT+08:00