ALPINE SKIING - MEN'S WORLD CUP

Swiss Didier Defago claims Wengen downhill win

Swiss Didier Defago, who had won only one previous World Cup race in 14 seasons, claimed Wengen downhill victory ahead of Bode Miller of the US.

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AFP - Swiss Didier Defago ended three years of U.S. dominance to win the Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday and give Switzerland their second win in two days.

 

After Daron Rahlves had won in 2006 followed by fellow-American Bode Miller in the following two years, Defago emulated compatriot Carlo Janka who won a super-combined event on the same course on Friday.

 

Defago clocked a combined time of two minutes 31.98 seconds, ahead of Miller with another American Marco Sullivan taking third place.

 

Defago, 31, had won only one previous World Cup race in 14 seasons, a Super-G in Val Gardena six years ago.

 

"In the wake of Carlo's victory yesterday, the whole team were determined to strike again," he told reporters.

 

"We had a number of Swiss capable of making it but I felt at ease on this course from the practice. Yesterday, in the super-combined, I had good feelings as well.

 

"I was confident and I skied perfectly on the bottom part, but I never expected to win such a prestigious race, at home in Wengen,"

 

The Swiss overall performance was impressive with the host country placing five skiers in the top 15.

 

By contrast, Austria suffered one of their worst performances in a World Cup downhill with their best placed skier Georg Streitberger finishing 18th.

 

Miller finished runner-up for the third time this season following second-place finishes in Levi in October and in the Val Gardena downhill last month. He has failed to finish nine races.

 

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