Fill claims historic downhill globe, Hirscher title confirmed


Peter Fill made history by becoming the first Italian man to be crowned FIS World Cup downhill champion on a day in which Marcel Hirscher's fifth consecutive overall title was also confirmed and Beat Feuz claimed victory in St. Moritz.

Hirscher's latest overall title was already all-but assured after Henrik Kristoffersen this month confirmed that he would not compete in the remaining speed events and the Austrian now leads by 353 with only 300 points up for grabs in the last three races.

While Hirscher has been accustomed to winning titles, Fill was able to celebrate his first World Cup globe in the Swiss Alps on Wednesday.

Fill's consistency throughout the season ensured he was level on points with the injured Aksel Lund Svindal before the final downhill race.

The 33-year-old laid down a marker when he set the fastest time in training on Tuesday and a 10th-placed finish when it mattered was enough to claim the crystal globe by a margin of 26 points from Svindal.

Fill's compatriot Dominik Paris was only 14 points adrift of the leading duo as he set off down the Corviglia course, but having crashed in training he could only finish 19th. 

Kjetil Jansrud finished fourth in St. Moritz to match Paris' tally of 432 points in the final standings.

It was also a memorable day for Feuz, who celebrated victory in his homeland four years after he last topped the podium at a World Cup event.

Feuz hurtled down in one minute 40.44 seconds to win by a margin of just 0.08secs from Steven Nyman, with Erik Guay taking third spot. 

Fill was the last of the 22 skiers to go down and had no need to push himself as he was 1.36secs slower than Feuz, but did what he had to in order to get his hands on a maiden crystal globe.