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Kueng ignites home crowd as Swiss skier takes downhill crown


Kueng ignites home crowd as Swiss skier takes downhill crown


Patrick Kueng has stormed to victory in his native Switzerland, setting the fastest pace in Saturday’s downhill event.

Clocking 1 minute 32.66 seconds, the Swiss skier took his second World Cup victory.

Strong winds meant the course, running across the country’s Wengen range, had to be shortened.

Normally the longest run in the downhill race calender, the decision closed over 2 kilometres of track.

Hot on his heels throughout, Hannes Reichelt of Austria, managed to take second place, his performance saw him finish just 0.06 seconds behind the front-runner.

A few big names failed to deliver on the day, with two time race winner, Bode Miller of the US, narowly missing out on a podium finish.

In the end it was the overall world cup leader, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who took third, with a time just 100th of a second more than second place.

Despite the shortened course, most skiers reached speeds in excess of 150 kilometres per hour.

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