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Winter sport news - Round-up: Mikaela Shiffrin breaks her Italian duck

Round-up: Mikaela Shiffrin breaks her Italian duck
By Sportsbeat

20/01/2019 at 14:31Updated 20/01/2019 at 17:34

The inimitable Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 11th FIS Alpine Ski World Cup win of the season as she edged out Tina Weirather to take Super G victory in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The American broke her duck on the Italian slopes, winning her first race at the resort, while Lindsey Vonn – who has 12 career wins to her name on the Belluno piste – failed to finish as she crashed out despite being on course for the podium.

Shiffin carded a time of 1:22.48, 0.16 seconds quicker than Weirather, while Austria’s Tamara Tippler was third.

The result sees Liechtenstein’s Weirather climb up to second in the Super G world cup standings, while Shiffrin’s place at the top overall is once again reinforced.

Alpine legend Vonn – who is set to retire in December – looked set for a podium place with a fast-paced run, but was foiled as she clipped a gate and fell.

Mario Seidl claimed victory in the final event of the Nordic Combined Triple to claim the overall crown in Chaux-Neuve.

The Austrian, who won the first World Cup event of the season, picked up his second-ever World Cup win as he finished 25.6 seconds clear of Germany's Fabian Reissle.

Franz-Josef Rehrl, who had won the first two events of the Triple, was third, but it was his compatriot Seidl who claimed the three-day crown.

Double world champion Stefan Kraft closed the gap on the top three in Ski Jumping World Cup standings with victory in Poland.

The 25-year-old, who won two gold medals in Lahti, Finland in 2017, came top of the pile in Zakopane to move to within 22 points of third-placed Piotr Zyla in the overall standings.

A sublime haul of 145.4 points from his opening jump set Austrian Kraft on his way and he eventually racked up 278.3 overall to seal victory in the Large Hill event.

China's Xu Mengtao and Russia's Maxim Burov both claimed big wins in Lake Placid on Saturday night in the first aerials World Cup event of the season.

In front of a large crowd in New York state Xu led a Chinese podium sweep with a back double full-full in the final phase of the competition to claim a 21st victory of her career.

Xu's teammate – Shao Qi – claimed a first ever World Cup podium with second, while Xu Nuo rounded off the podium in third.

Clement Noel enjoyed a day to remember as he held off a packed field in Wengen to seal a first ever Slalom World Cup victory.

In a group featuring legendary Marcel Hirscher and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, the young Frenchman won by just 0.08 seconds on a dramatic day in Switzerland. Austrian Manuel Feller and compatriot Hirscher finished second and third respectively on a day when a run of six consecutive World Cup wins for the Austrians was brought to an end.

Iivo Niskanen turned in a magnificent performance to claim a Cross-Country World Cup 15km victory in Otepaa, Estonia.

The Finn, a double Olympic champion, raced away to finish in 40:07.1 for a maiden World Cup win of the 2018-19 season.

Russia's Alexander Bolshunov was Niskanen's nearest challenger on the day and crossed the line for silver 15.9 seconds adrift of the winner.

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