Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal wins the presigious Wengen downhill to take his fourth World Cup downhill race of the season
Aksel Lund Svindal dominates Wengen downhill
SHOWS: WENGEN, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 16, 2016) (INFRONT – SEE RESTRICTIONS)
1. VIEW OF THE DOWNHILL COURSE
2. KLAUS KROELL (AUSTRIA 4) IS FOURTH ON THE COURSE AND SETS FASTEST TIME SO FAR
3. AKSEL LUND SVINDAL (NORWAY 18) SETS OFF ON HIS RUN, HE IS 0.39 SECONDS FASTER THAN KROELL AT FIRST SPLIT
4. SVINDAL IS FASTER ON EVERY SPLIT AND FINISHES 1.52 SECONDS FASTER THAN KROELL TO LEAD
5. HANNES REICHELT (AUSTRIA 19) RUNS NEXT AND COMES CLOSE TO SVINDAL AT TIMES, FINISHES 0.19 SECONDS SLOWER
6. LEADER SVINDAL REACTION AS HE WATCHES
7. EARLY PART OF RUN BY GUILLERMO FAYED (FRANCE 21) WHO MAKES MISTAKE EARLY, HITTING A GATE AND LANDING BADLY TO LOSE TIME, HE FINISHED 2.98 SECONDS SLOWER THAN SVINDAL
8. AKSEL LUND SVINDAL WAVES TO CROWD/SUPPORTER WAVES NORWAY NATIONAL FLAG AMONGST THE SWISS FLAGS
9. SVINDAL ON PODIUM WITH REICHELT (LEFT) AND KROELL
10. SLOW MOTION OF SVINDAL DURING WINNING RUN
STORY: Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, leader of the downhill alpine ski World Cup table, extended his lead on Saturday (January 16) by winning at Wengen over the Lauberhorn course.
At one of the best-attended World Cup races of the season, Austria’s Klaus Kroell, fourth in the running order, set the fastest time of 1:48.98 for the 2.6km (1.6 mile) distance.
That time stood until Svindal started, 18th in the order. Other competitors were losing time in the second half of the course, but the tall Norwegian improved on Kroell’s time on every sector, 0.39 ahead on the first split and 1.11 on the second. He crossed the finish line 1.52 seconds faster than Kroell to lead the race.
Next up was Austria’s Hannes Reichelt, sixth in the downhill World Cup standings, and it was Reichelt who came closest to catching Svindal.
At the first split the Austrian was only 0.07 seconds behind the Norwegian, slipping to 0.27 seconds behind at the second split. But then he clawed back the loss and crossed the finish line only 0.19 seconds behind the leading time.
Svindal’s other World Cup rivals were unable to match the leader’s pace on the course in a race interrupted by occasional fog. France’s Guillermo Fayed, second in the points table, made early mistakes and was 2.98 seconds adrift. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, third in the table, finished in 12th place.
Svindal’s win was his fourth from the five downhills this season and increased his Downhill World Cup lead from 117 to 208 over Fayed, who remained in second place, having scored only nine points at Wengen.
Austria’s Reichelt scored 80 points for second place and shared second place in the points table with Fayed.
Fourth was Jansrud with Adrien Theaux of France, the only other winner of a downhill race this season, fifth, and Peter Fill of Italy sixth.
Next stop in the calendar is the downhill at Austria’s Kitzbuehel on January 23.
Results from the World Cup Wengen Men’s Downhill on Saturday
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) 1:48.79
2. Hannes Reichelt (Austria) 1:48.98 +0.19
3. Klaus Kroell (Austria) 1:50.31 +1.52
4. Dominik Paris (Italy) 1:50.36 +1.57
5. Christof Innerhofer (Italy) 1:50.38 +1.59
6. David Poisson (France) 1:50.42 +1.63
7. Adrien Theaux (France) 1:50.51
8. Carlo Janka (Switzerland) 1:50.58
9. Peter Fill (Italy) 1:50.60
10. Max Franz (Austria) 1:50.65
11. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 1:50.77
12. Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) 1:50.92
13. Andreas Sander (Germany) 1:51.10
14. Erik Guay (Canada) 1:51.20
15. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 1:51.23
16. Steven Nyman (U.S.) 1:51.34
17. Romed Baumann (Austria) 1:51.36
18. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) 1:51.46
19. Otmar Striedinger (Austria) 1:51.48
20. Marc Gisin (Switzerland) 1:51.68
21. Andrew Weibrecht (U.S.) 1:51.72
22. Guillermo Fayed (France) 1:51.77
23. Johan Clarey (France) 1:51.86
24. Bostjan Kline (Slovenia) 1:51.90
25. Siegmar Klotz (Italy) 1:51.97
26. Jared Goldberg (U.S.) 1:52.03
27. Nils Mani (Switzerland) 1:52.04
28. Blaise Giezendanner (France) 1:52.38
29. Marco Sullivan (U.S.) 1:52.44
30. Mattia Casse (Italy) 1:52.45
Leading Downhill World Cup standings:
1. Svindal 436
2= Fayed 228
4. Jansrud 195
5. Theaux 192
6. Fill 191