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Nyman wins shortened World Cup downhill in Italy

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America’s Steven Nyman took advantage of improving weather conditions to clinch a rare World Cup victory in Val Gardena on Saturday.

Six years after his only World Cup victory to date in the same Italian resort, the 30 year old dominated from the outset and crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 1 minute 28.82 seconds on a shortened course, to secure a hard fought win.

Slovenia’s Rok Perko came second to claim a maiden podium finish while Canada’s Erik Guay eventually had to settle for third place.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, the winner of Friday’s Super-G, finished fifth and this result sees the overall World Cup leader stretch his advantage atop the standings to 177 points over America’s Ted Ligety.

Defending champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria is currently lying in third place, 205 points adrift.