Odermatt extends lead in FIS World Cup

Swiss star Marco Odermatt produced another brilliant downhill performance at the iconic Hahnenkamm race to secure second place and extend his FIS World Cup overall lead. Here is all you need to know:

Odermatt finished fifth in Friday’s first downhill race down the fearsome Streif course behind overall rival Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to see his overall FIS World Cup lead cut down by 55 points.

After opting out of Saturday’s slalom, Odermatt was seventh out the start gate on Sunday at Kitzbühel’s second downhill race and produced a brilliant controlled run of 1:56.89 in worsening weather conditions.

Compatriot Beat Feuz was up and down on the splits all the way down two racers later, however finished strongly to better Odermatt’s time by 0.21s as Austrian Daniel Hemetsberger finished third.

Former winner Italian Dominik Paris battled hard for seventh place as Odermatt cut Kilde’s downhill title lead to 44 points with two races left and extended his overall lead to 375 points over Kilde.

Odermatt, 24, has only 22 FIS World Cup downhill starts, but now has runner-up finishes in the last month at three of the most challenging courses of Bormio, Wengen and now the Kitzbühel classic.

The men have one FIS World Cup slalom race in Schladming on Tuesday before they leave for Beijing with the next FIS World Cup downhill and Super G races at Kvitfjell in Norway on March 5-6.

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