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Norway’s Svindal Wins Men’s Downhill at World Ski Championships

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won his fifth career gold medal at the alpine skiing world championships by taking today’s men’s downhill in Schladming, Austria.

Svindal, 30, crossed the finish line in a time of 2 minutes, 01.32 seconds, 0.46 seconds ahead of Italy’s Dominik Paris, who leads the World Cup downhill season standings. David Poisson of France was third, 0.97 second behind.

“I had nothing more,” Svindal, 30, told Eurosport after his run. “I took a lot of risks, didn’t make any big mistakes and made it to the finish.”

Svindal becomes the sixth man with at least five world titles. It’s his eighth career medal at the championships and his second this year after a bronze in the super-G three days ago. He also won the downhill title in Are, Sweden, in 2007.

Defending champion Eric Guay didn’t finish his run. The Canadian was attempting to become the first man to successfully defend his downhill world title since Switzerland’s Bernhard Russi in 1972.

The world championships continue tomorrow in Schladming with the women’s downhill.

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