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Alpine skiing: Svindal sweeps all before him in downhill

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Norwegian alpine skiing great Aksel Lund Svindal won the 25th World Cup race of his glittering career on Sunday taking the men's downhill at the Italian resort of Bormio.

The 31-year-old -- the reigning world champion in the discipline -- timed 1min 54.08sec for his fourth World Cup win of the campaign but first ever in Bormio.

Austrian Hannes Reichelt finished second, 39hundredths of a second in arrears, while Canadian Erik Guay was third, 51hundredths adrift.

Svindal, who aside from this year's downhill world championship has won four other world titles during his career and is Olympic champion in the super-G, extended his lead in both the downhill and overall World Cup standings, with 610 points to Austrian Marcel Hirscher on 435 points.

"Things are going well this season," said Svindal, who also won Olympic silver and bronze in the downhill and giant slalom respectively in Vancouver in 2010.

"I am still in top form. There is always a risk with what bib you get for the race.

"But I think we, the seven top seeded skiers, had a little luck as we drew 16-22.

"Today that was an advantage. It was good to win in these conditions but usually when you win it is because you deserved to."

Reichelt was far from disappointed with his runners-up spot.

"It is difficult to say where I lost time on Aksel," said the 33-year-old.

"I didn't feel very good at the bottom of the course.

"There was fresh snow and it is something that I really don't like.

"Nevertheless, I am very very happy with my second place.

"To finish behind Svindal, is no disgrace. To not be far off victory here means I must be well-placed to get a win soon."

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