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Werner Heel wins World Cup downhill ahead of Bode Miller

Werner Heel wins World Cup downhill ahead of Bode Miller

Italian skier Werner Heel won a downhill on Kvitfjell's Olympic course on Friday for his first World Cup victory, edging Bode Miller by 0.10 seconds.
Heel, who was only 21st in the downhill standings going into the race, sped down the 3,035-meter course in 1 minute, 45.73 seconds.
Heel's previous best this season was a sixth-place finish in the opening race at Lake Louise, Canada.
For Miller, who won two other downhills this season, it was the first podium finish at Kvitfjell.
Klaus Kroell of Austria was third, 0.22 behind.
With his second place, Miller increased his overall lead over Benjamin Raich of Austria, who scores most of his points in the technical disciplines.
Marco Sullivan of the United States, who won his first World Cup downhill in late January, hit a gate early in the race and crashed into a safety net with his back first. Sullivan escaped unhurt.
Friday's downhill replaced a race that was canceled at Val d'Isere, France, earlier this month.
Another downhill is scheduled Saturday on the same Kvitfjell course, which hosted the men's speed events during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. On Sunday, the meet concludes with a super-G.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:09 GMT+08:00