Vonn secures yet another downhill title as Fanchini triumphs in La Thuile


Lindsey Vonn secured a record-breaking eighth FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill title and moved back into pole position for a fifth overall crystal globe with a second-placed finish in La Thuile.

Italy's Nadia Fanchini pipped Vonn by 0.14 seconds on Saturday to claim her second World Cup victory, with another home favourite, Daniela Merighetti, completing the podium.

However, Vonn's runner-up finish ensured she stretched her lead in the downhill standings to 173 points, with only one race in the discipline - and a maximum of 100 points - remaining in the 2015-16 season.

Vonn had lost a ski in Friday's downhill at the same venue, enabling Lara Gut to take victory and move top of the overall standings.

Yet Gut could only finish 11th on this occasion, almost two seconds off the pace, and the Swiss now trails Vonn by 43 points.

An eighth downhill title continues Vonn's dominance of the event and takes her past the seven wins recorded by the legendary Annemarie Moser-Proell.

Vonn's haul of 20 crystal globes is another record - with Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark having claimed 19 World Cup crowns during his illustrious career.

She also now shares the record for the most World Cup titles in one discipline with Stenmark, who triumphed eight times in both the men's giant slalom and slalom.

Since 2008, Vonn has only missed out on the downhill prize once, when she missed the bulk of the 2014 season due to a serious knee injury.

Vonn apologised in the wake of Friday's race after footage emerged of her hitting her broken ski with a hammer in frustration.