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Alpine Skiing: Kostelic Takes Women's WC Downhill


Triple Olympic champion Janica Kostelic of Croatia has won her first ever World Cup downhill title in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.

Kostelic finished the 2,633-meter Franz Klammer course in 1:37.96 minutes, 0.17 seconds ahead of Sweden's Nike Bent. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria was third (1:38.53).

Before Saturday, Kostelic had never done better in World Cup downhills than two second-place finishes last year.

The victory strengthened the 24-year-old Croatian's hold on the World Cup overall lead. Kostelic has 882 points after 17 events, 197 points ahead of Sweden's Anja Paerson. Dorfmeister is third with 650 points.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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