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Olympic champion Mayer claims maiden World Cup race at finals

Olympic champion Mayer claims maiden World Cup race at finals
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Austrian Matthias Mayer continued his dazzling end-of-season form when won his maiden World Cup race in the men’s final downhill of the campaign at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Only one month ago the 23-year-old stunned the star-studded field to be crowned Olympic downhill champion and on Wednesday he showed that performance was no fluke.

He tamed the technically-demanding Swiss piste to win his first race on the circuit in a time of 1 minute, 29.99 seconds.

Two men shared second place following a dead heat.

Christof Innerhofer of Italy and American Ted Ligety both celebrated the runners-up spot.

For Innerhofer he once again had to stand in the shadows of Mayer as he did at the Olympics, where he won the silver medal.

While due to the technical nature of the piste Ligety fared better than expected and crossed over to secure his career-best result in a downhill.

A result that lifted the 29-year-old four time winner of the world cup slalom title into third in the overall standings.

Both men were 0.11 seconds off the pace on the day.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal was fifth and claimed back the overall World Cup lead.

He is 41 points clear of Austria’s two-time reigning World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher.

Both Svindal and Hirscher will compete in Thursday’s super-G.

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