Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rights group sues US government over ‘deportation mill’

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Fischbacher wins Bansko downhill, Vonn retains world crown

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-02-28

Austria's Andrea Fischbacher claimed the downhill race in Bansko, Bulgaria, as America's Lindsey Vonn secured the women's World Cup downhill title for the second year running despite a modest 12th place finish behind the Austrian winner.

REUTERS - Andrea Fischbacher used her super-G skills to perfection to give Austria their first victory in a women's downhill for nearly two years on Saturday.

Fischbacher, who was second on the tricky Banderiza course behind Swiss Fabienne Suter in Friday's first downhill, won the second World Cup victory of her career in one minute 45.81 seconds.

Austria's women had not won a World Cup downhill since Renate Goetschl in March 2007 in Lenzerheide.

Fischbacher, the super-G bronze medallist at the world championships in Val d'Isere earlier this month, beat Slovenia's Tina Maze by 0.26 seconds. Suter made it on to the podium again, in third place, 0.39 off the pace.

American World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn, still struggling with a cut thumb and the pain of a crash in practice, had to be content with joint 12th place, a disappointing result as her main World Cup rival, Maria Riesch, finished in front of her in eighth.

Vonn earned the consolation of retaining her downhill World Cup title and still leads Germany's Riesch by 336 points in the overall standings, making her a clear favourite to keep her overall crown.

"Within a year I won my first World Cup victory, my first world championship medal and my first downhill. What more could I wish for?" said Fischbacher, 23.

"Yesterday I had visibility problems but today was just great. I hope the weather stays the same for tomorrow's super-G."

Anja Paerson, third in the overall standings, failed to finish a race for the third time in succession.

The Swede stopped shortly after the start and held her knee. She now trails Vonn by nearly 500 points in the standings.
 

Date created : 2009-02-28

COMMENT(S)