WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — It is rarely straightforward for Switzerland to observe an Austrian downhiller win its signature ski race that’s a part of the Alpine nation’s tradition.
It was even more durable to take Saturday as Vincent Kriechmayr received the classic Lauberhorn race that Swiss workforce officers stated this week he shouldn’t have been allowed to start out.
Kriechmayr’s victory in a sun-splashed World Cup downhill beneath the Eiger mountain got here regardless of lacking midweek coaching runs which are sometimes obligatory. He had been saved in quarantine in Austria after testing constructive for COVID-19.
He had arrived in Wengen late Wednesday, after the 2 coaching runs, however was cleared by race officers who insisted Kriechmayr — the reigning world champion in downhill — had not been given particular remedy beneath International Ski Federation guidelines.
In an additional twist, Kriechmayr’s profitable run denied Swiss favourite Beat Feuz a report fourth win within the storied race.
The Austrian winner completed 0.34 seconds forward of runner-up Feuz down the tiring 4.27 kilometer (2 2/3-mile) course that’s the longest on the World Cup circuit.
Kriechmayr’s profitable time at simply over 2 minutes, 26 seconds was 0.44 quicker than third-placed Dominik Paris of Italy.
Switzerland’s rising ski star Marco Odermatt was fourth, trailing by 0.46.
Odermatt prolonged his lead within the total World Cup standings to a giant 390-point margin from Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was 0.98 again in seventh. Kilde had received Friday’s downhill forward of Odermatt on a shorter Lauberhorn course.
Paris’ 60 factors earned on Saturday gave him the lead Kilde had held within the season-long downhill standings in a decent contest the place Odermatt in sixth place is simply 40 factors again.
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