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Kriechmayr holds on to the victory in super-G


The super-G of Val Gardena/Gröden ended after many longer interruptions due to fog with a victory of the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr. The 28-year-old took his first gold on the legendary Saslong in difficult weather but excellent course conditions.

Kriechmayr put down a great performance on a slightly shortened track, especially in the lower part, and with a time of 1:13.84 minutes he caputred his fifth World Cup victory. The flawless Austrian run was followed by Val Gardena/Gröden specialist Kjetil Jansrud in second place. The experienced Norwegian, who took his tenth podium place on the Saslong, was only 5/100th behind the day's winner at the finish. The top podium was completed by German Thomas Dreßen, who was 22/100th behind.

Mauro Caviezel from Switzerland came in fourth just missing the podium. Behind the Swiss, Dominik Paris from Ulten came fifth at his home race as the best Italian. Caviezel and Paris were - together with Hannes Reichelt, who finished sixth - the only racers who kept their gap on Kriechmayr below half a second.

Apart from Dominik Paris, there was only one other "Azzurro", Mattia Casse (15th place), who finished with points. Peter Fill (Castelrotto), who was still struggling, came away empty-handed in front of his home audience - he failed to finish after a racing mistake. Because the race had to be finally stopped after 48 competitors, the other South Tyrolean racers Alexander Prast and Florian Schieder, who would have started with bib numbers 49 and 61, respectively, were no longer allowed on to start.

The complete result list of the super-G can be found here.