Italy’s In­ner­hofer bests 3 Aus­tri­ans on way to third down­hill win of sea­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Christof In­ner­hofer of Italy won his third World Cup down­hill of the sea­son Satur­day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ger­many, on a course where he has a his­tory of good re­sults.

In­ner­hofer bested three Aus­tri­ans to earn his sixth ca­reer vic­tory, cov­er­ing the 1.6-mile Kan­da­har course in 1 minute 37.83 sec­onds to beat Ge­org Stre­it­berger by 0.12 of a sec­ond. Stre­it­berger was the 30th run­ner out of the gate and In­ner­hofer wiped his brow sym­bol­i­cally when the Aus­trian crossed the line. Klaus Kroell fin­ished third.

WOMEN’S DOWN­HILL: Carolina Ruiz Castillo up­set Maria Hoefl-Riesch to win a World Cup down­hill race in Meri­bel, France, 13 years af­ter her only pre­vi­ous podium fin­ish.

Ruiz Castillo, 31, pre­vi­ously had placed in the top 10 only eight times in her World Cup ca­reer and had never fin­ished higher than sev­enth in a down­hill. The Spa­niard’s pre­vi­ous podium was a sec­ond-place fin­ish in a gi­ant slalom in 2000 at the Ital­ian re­sort of Sestriere, Italy.

WOMEN’S LUGE: Olympic cham­pion Tat­jana Hufner edged out two other Ger­mans to win the women’s sin­gles in the fi­nal World Cup meet of the sea­son in Sochi, Rus­sia, site of next year’s win­ter Olympics.

Natalie Geisen­berger, the cur­rent world cham­pion and Olympic bronze medal­ist, fin­ished sec­ond, but had al­ready won the over­all World Cup be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion started. Anke Wis­chnewski was third.

Geisen­berger had the fastest time of the day at 50.894 sec­onds in the first run, but Hufner’s two-run com­bined time of 1:41.922 was 0.038 faster. Wis­chnewski placed sec­ond in the over­all stand­ings, with Hufner third.

MEN’S SKI JUMP­ING: Nor­we­gian Anders Bardal won his first ma­jor ti­tle by tak­ing gold in the nor­mal hill event at the Nordic ski­ing world cham­pi­onships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

Bardal had the long­est jump of the day with 103.5 me­ters in the first round and fin­ished with a to­tal of 252.6 points. Over­all World Cup leader Gre­gor Sch­lieren­za­uer of Aus­tria was 4.2 points back in sec­ond and Peter Prevc of Slove­nia was third.

Sch­lieren­za­uer’s coach de­cided to start him lower down the ramp in a bid to pick up bonus points. He was the only top-eight fin­isher who failed to get at least one jump past the 100-me­ter mark.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Thomas Mor­gen­stern was fifth.

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUN­TRY SKI­ING: Marit Bjo­er­gen suc­cess­fully de­fended an­other ti­tle at the Nordic ski­ing world cham­pi­onships, win­ning the 15-kilo­me­ter pur­suit skiathlon in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

Bjo­er­gen sped clear of Therese Jo­haug coming into the sta­dium to cross the line in 39:4.4. Jo­haug was 3.4 sec­onds back to take sil­ver, and Heidi Weng beat Kristin Sto­er­mer Steira in a sprint for the bronze medal.

MOGULS: Cana­di­ans Mikael Kings­bury and Au­drey Robichaud won World Cup races in Inawashiro, Ja­pan.

Kings­bury, the de­fend­ing World Cup cham­pion, scored 23.41 points to se­cure his sixth ti­tle this sea­son. Bradley Wil­son of the United States was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Alex Bilodeau of Canada.

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