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Kriechmayr triumphs in men’s downhill season finale

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Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr claimed victory in the final men’s downhill race of the season on Wednesday, while newly crowned overall World Cup champion Marco Odermatt struggled to perform.

Kriechmayr secured his fourth downhill triumph of the season, narrowly defeating German skiers Romed Baumann by nine hundredths of a second and Andreas Sander by 0.13s.

Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who had already won the discipline’s small crystal globe, finished in sixth place, while Odermatt, the reigning downhill world champion, lagged behind in 15th place, more than one second behind the leader.

Odermatt, who won his second giant slalom race in Slovenia over the weekend to clinch the overall title, now has 1,842 points in his overall tally. He has a chance to break Hermann Maier’s all-time men’s record of 2,000 points, which was set 23 years ago, with two races remaining: a Super-G on Thursday and a giant slalom on Saturday.

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