Kroell wins downhill for 2nd straight WCup victory

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KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — Klaus Kroell of Austria narrowly won a men's World Cup downhill Saturday for his second straight victory on the Olympic course in Kvitfjell.

Kroell shared a super-G victory with Beat Feuz of Switzerland on Friday, but was alone atop the podium after finishing the downhill course in 1 minute, 45.76 seconds.

Kjetil Jansrud was second, 0.02 seconds behind, and fellow Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal was third, 0.48 behind the winner.

Kroell's sixth career World Cup win moved him to the top of the downhill standings ahead of Swiss veteran Didier Cuche, who finished 10th.

Kroell leads the discipline standings with 569 points, 48 more than Cuche, with two downhill races left at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria.

Jansrud, who was bidding for his first World Cup win after eight previous podiums, again lost to Kroell by a slight margin.

In Friday's super-G, the Norwegian finished third when he came in 0.03 behind Kroell and Feuz.

Feuz finished fourth and extended his overall World Cup lead over technical specialist Marcel Hirscher, who is not racing here.

The Swiss skier now has 1,190 points, 55 ahead of Hirscher and 147 ahead of third-place Ivica Kostelic of Croatia.

Kostelic is recovering from knee surgery and is expected to race next weekend's technical events in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

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