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Alpine skiing: Jansrud and Streitberger in downhill dead heat

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Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Georg Streitberger finished in a downhill dead heat at the World Cup event in Kvitfjell, Norway on Friday.

Both racers clocked 1min 05.72secs, on a shortened course due to adverse weather conditions, while American Travis Ganong claimed the final place on the podium at 0.12secs back.

Veteran Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal came home fifth at .37secs to slash his World Cup overall deficit to 13 points behind Austrian slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher.

Svindal's result however is enough to guarantee him the World Cup globe of downhill winner for the season.

"It brings me great happiness to celebrate my first victory in downwhill. I drew the number one bib and everything went well," said Streitberger.

Lillehammer native Jansrud was equally satisfied after drawing a late start number.

"With my number (15), I can be happy with my race. The weather was getting worse and worse." said the Norwegian.

Jansrud, who won Olympic super-G gold at Sochi earlier this month and also downhill bronze at the Black Sea resort, picks up only his second World Cup victory while Streitberger picks up win number three.

Jansrud also won Olympic silver in the giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The previous downhill to finish in a dead heat was at Bormio in December 2012 when Italian Dominik Paris and Hannes Reichelt posted identical times.

The piste, that was used for the 1994 Olympics based in Lillehammer, has been kind to both winning skiers with both men winning super-G races, Jansrud in 2012 and Streitberger in 2008.

A second downhill is scheduled for Saturday and a super-G the following day which could give Svindal the necessary advantage to surpass Hirscher in the overall rankings.

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