Feuz claims downhill hat-trick, Shiffrin struggles in Lenzerheide

Beat Feuz strengthened his position as Olympic favourite in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday as the Swiss completed a hat-trick of FIS World Cup downhill victories.

For the first time in his career Feuz has claimed three wins in the speed event in a single season, his previous best coming in the 2011-12 campaign when he was on top of the podium twice.

Feuz started the season well with victory in Lake Louise in November before claiming another triumph in Wengen on January 13.

He also has two second-place finishes to his name, and his success in Germany puts him on top of the downhill standings and cemented his place as the favourite for Olympic gold in Pyeongchang next month.

The 30-year-old recovered from a slow start to top the timesheet by clocking one minute and 55.39 seconds, his aggressive approach paying off at the bottom of the Kandahar course.

His run knocked Aksel Lund Svindal off the top, the Norwegian eventually slipping to fourth as Vincent Kriechmayr and Dominik Paris both registered 1:55.57 to share second place.

Reigning Olympic champion Matthias Mayer had to settle for eighth, 0.64secs adrift of Feuz's winning time.

Meanwhile, in Lenzerheide, Tessa Worley celebrated her first triumph of the season in the giant slalom as Mikaela Shiffrin struggled.

Worley - who missed the 2014 Games with a knee injury - led by 0.52s after the opening run of the Beltrametti course, Viktoria Rebensburg her nearest rival.

Rebensburg was able to narrow that gap next time out but Worley clung on to victory by 0.07s, sealing her first World Cup win since January 2017.

Slovakia's Meta Hrovat completed the top three with Shiffrin, the leading candidate for Olympic gold, finishing seventh overall.

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