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Aksel Lund Svindal wins gold for Norway in men's Downhill

Superb Svindal wins gold in men's Downhill

15/02/2018 at 02:44Updated 15/02/2018 at 04:25

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal claimed his second Olympic gold medal with victory in the men's Downhill on Thursday in PyeongChang.

Svindal, 35, was seventh out the gate and crossed the line with the fastest time of one minute and 40.25 seconds.

Compatriot Kjetil Jansrud finished second, earning Norway the first one-two in the event in 30 years.

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal reacts to his gold medal win in the Men's Downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal reacts to his gold medal win in the Men's Downhill at the Jeongseon Alpine CentreGetty Images

Italy's Dominik Paris set the lead early from the third run but was soon overtaken by Switzerland's Beat Feuz, who was pushed back into bronze medal position by the Norwegian skiers.

Svindal, a five-time World Champion, was slow out of the gates but his speed picked up on the bottom half of the course to post the winning time.

He nervously watched on as his close friend Jansrud produced a storming run of his own, but the 32-year-old was two tenths of a second short of snatching the top prize.

Svindal's Downhill success is the first time Norway have won gold in the event since 1948.

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