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Alpine skiing-First Kitzbuehel victory for Svindal

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By Manuele Lang

KITZBUEHEL, Austria, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal took his first victory on the Hahnenkamm mountain on Friday, winning a World Cup super-G race.

The Norwegian Olympic champion, who was on the podium in the same race in 2009 and 2011, clocked the fastest time of one minute 14.48 seconds to make up for his disappointment in Wengen last weekend when he crashed out of the Lauberhorn downhill.

It was Svindal's fourth top spot of the season and the third in a super-G, and allowed him to narrow the gap on overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

Svindal crushed the crowd's hopes of a first Austrian victory on the Streif piste in four years, beating local favourite Matthias Mayer by 0.13 seconds.

Mayer, 22, had never done better than sixth in a World Cup super-G before.

Christof Innerhofer, who will defend his world title in Schladming in less than two weeks, was third.

The podium place was some compensation for the Italian who was furious at being fined and allocated a high bib number for Saturday's downhill here as punishment for starting Thursday's practice while a yellow warning flag was up.

Svindal, who dominated downhill practice, will again be the favourite in Saturday's classic race. (Reporting by Manuele Lang)

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