Dead heat downhill finish in Bormio

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Dead heat downhill finish in Bormio

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Austrian Hannes Reichelt and home favourite Dominik Paris shared top spot on the alpine skiing world cup podium on Saturday after clocking the same time to jointly win a downhill race in Bormio Italy.

It was the 11th time in the history of the men’s Alpine skiing world cup that there was a dead heat.

On one of the circuit’s most demanding courses – the classic Stelvio piste – Paris thrilled the home fans when he crossed the line in timesheet-topping one minute and 58.62 seconds. But moments later Reichelt bombed down the course and set an identical time to share the top spot on the podium.

It was Reichelt’s sixth career world cup win and the first downhill victory for the Austrian men’s team this season – while it was Paris’s maiden world cup triumph.

With the top four separated by a mere two hundredths of a second it was the closest downhill races in the history.

World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third for his sixth top three placing this season. A result that stretched his overall lead over defending champion Marcel Hirscher to 114 points.

Austria’s downhill World Cup champion Klaus Kroell was fourth.