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Beat Feuz wins 2nd Kitzbuhel downhill race in 3 days

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Beat Feuz won this weekend’s second men’s World Cup downhill on the Streif course on Sunday in Kitzbuhel, Austria, repeating his triumph from two days earlier.

Beat Feuz of Switzerland celebrates along the way to winning a men’s World Cup downhill race on Sunday in Kitzbuhel, Austria. (Christophe Pallot/Getty Images)

Beat Feuz won this weekend’s second men’s World Cup downhill on the Streif course Sunday, repeating his triumph from two days earlier.

The race was interrupted for a few minutes because of flat light as low clouds moved in just before the Swiss skier was set to start.

Not distracted by the additional waiting time, Feuz excelled mainly in the bottom part of the course as he beat Johan Clarey by 0.17 seconds.

The 40-year-old Frenchman became the oldest skier on a downhill podium in the 54-year history of the World Cup.

Austria’s Matthias Mayer, who won the race last year and came runner-up to Feuz on Friday, finished 0.38 behind in third.

While Friday’s race on the same course was marred by bad crashes involving Swiss skier Urs Kryenbuhl and Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States, only three of 52 racers failed to finish Sunday’s downhill and all avoided injuries.

Organizers had lowered the final jump, where Kryenbuhl crashed in Friday’s race, which had been rescheduled from another iconic resort, Wengen, in Switzerland.

As skies cleared again in Sunday’s event, some late starters had clearer visibility and came close to the times of the top-ranked racers, most notably Florian Schieder.

The Italian, wearing bib No. 50, led Feuz by more than a quarter of a second for the first four splits but ultimately finished 1.43 seconds behind in 14th.

The race in the Austrian Alps is one of the marquee events on the men’s World Cup calendar and is usually attended by up to 50,000 spectators, though no fans were allowed this year amid tight anti-coronavirus measures.

The race was postponed by a day because of bad weather Saturday, pushing back the initially scheduled super-G to Monday.

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