Alpine Skiing: Hofl-Riesch injured, but takes downhill crown

Maria Hofl-Riesch clinched the women's alpine skiing downhill World Cup at Lenzerheide on Wednesday, but her hopes of taking the overall crown were all but shattered by a bad fall.

The German came to grief halfway down the course and was taken to hospital for a checkup on injuries to her back and shoulder.

But the only rival who could pip her to the downhill World Cup, Austria's Anna Fenninger, could only place sixth when she needed to win the race to take the title.

However, Fenninger did move 11 points ahead in the overall World Cup standings, and with Hofl-Riesch injured and possibly out of the final three races of the season, the Austrian could have done enough to win the overall Crystal Globe.

Hofl-Riesch was already aware she had clinched the downhill title when she went off last in the race.

But it was clear from the start that a high fever she had been running was unsettling her and she lost control of her skis halfway down, sending her crashing into the safety netting.

The race was won by Switzerland's Lara Gut, who chalked up her sixth race victory of the season ahead of Austrians Elisabeth Goergl and Fraenzi Aufdenblatten.

The final race meeting of the season continues on Thursday with a super-G that will likely see Fenninger, the Olympic champion in the discipline, move further ahead in the overall standings.