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Svindal stretches overall lead with Bormio downhill win

Svindal stretches overall lead with Bormio downhill win
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Aksel Lund Svindal extended his lead in the overall World Cup standings by winning the men’s downhill at the Italian resort of Bormio on Sunday.

The Norwegian mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course for his fourth victory of the Olympic season and 25th triumph of his career.

The 31-year-old, who is the reigning world champion in the discipline clocked a winning time of 1 minute and 54.08 seconds.

With the win the Olympic super-G champion also stretched his lead in the downhill standings to 93 points over Canada’s Erik Guay.

Hannes Reichelt was 0.39 seconds behind in second place.

It was the third podium finish of the season for the 33-year-old Austrian who won this downhill race exactly a year ago at the same resort.

After four downhill events in this Olympic season Reichelt is third in the discipline standings 120 points behind Svindal.

Guay crossed the line for third to round off the podium, 0.51 seconds back to nicely follow-up his downhill victory in Val Gardena a week ago.

It was Guay’s 21st podium finish in his career.

The next stop on the circuit is a city event in Munich on new year’s day before the men return to Bormio for a slalom on January 6th.

Svindal currently leads the overall standings 195 points clear of second place Marcel Hirscher who is the reigning overall world cup champion.

American Ted Ligety is third on 329 points.

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