Stuhec enhances downhill reputation with St Moritz gold


Ilka Stuhec continued her downhill domination of 2016-17 as she claimed gold at the Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz.

The Slovenian has stepped out of the shadow of compatriot - and defending champion - Tina Maze this season with three victories in the discipline at the FIS World Cup, and she carried that momentum into Sunday's race.

There was no sign of the fog that forced the postponement of Saturday's men's downhill, and Stuhec produced a masterclass in downhill racing to take the title.

Stuhec was seventh out of the start hut in Switzerland and quickly established herself as the quickest racer, setting the course green to go 0.40 seconds clear in a time of one minute, 32.85secs.

That was enough to take her past Stephanie Venier's time - the Austrian having to settle for silver, her country's third medal of the championships.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn completed the podium places as she came home 0.45secs behind Stuhec, the American now owning a set of World Championship medals having claimed gold in Val d'Isere in 2009 and silver in Are two years earlier.

Vonn edged Sofia Goggia into fourth after a remarkable run that saw the Italian cling on despite the tips of her skis crossing, that mistake ultimately costing her a top-three finish.

But the day belonged to Stuhec as she picked up a maiden World Championships medal and maintained Slovenia's hold over the blue riband event.