Skiing: Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's World Cup super-G on Friday
Last Updated: January 25, 2013 12:28pm
Aksel Lund Svindal: won the men's World Cup super-G on Friday
Norwegian speed king Aksel Lund Svindal claimed victory in the men's World Cup super-G on Friday, his maiden win on the notoriously tough Hahnenkamm mountain.
Svindal, reigning Olympic champion in the discipline, timed 1min 14.48sec to finish 0.13sec ahead of Austrian Matthias Mayer, with Italian Christof Innerhof completing the podium at 0.40sec.
It was the 30-year-old Norwegian's third super-G victory of the season after wins in Lake Louise and Val Gardena, and the 20th of his career.
After pegging early leader Mayer in the top section of the 2.15km-long Streifalm course, with an average gradient of 26 per cent and a maximum of 76, Svindal showed all his power through the middle section.
Hitting a top speed of 128.3kph coming into the bottom third of the course, the 30-year-old kept his form on the final bone-rattling traverse to edge Mayer by 0.13sec.
It was otherwise a disappointing day's racing for the Austrian team, with pre-race favourites Hannes Reichelt and Klaus Kroell finishing 14th and 16th respectively.
Local favourite Benjamin Raich, the two-time world champion and double Olympic gold medallist, also took to the gate for his 400th World Cup race.
The Austrian has 36 victories and 90 podium finishes in his career, but there was to be no addition to that illustrious record as the 2006 overall World Cup champion and five-time runner-up clocked 1:16.32, 1.84sec off the pace.
"With the 400th I'm happy of course, not with this result," said Raich. "I'm happy I've been around for so long and actually it's been good most of the time."
The Hahnenkamm races continue with the feted downhill on Saturday and a slalom on Sunday.