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Reichelt claims 2nd straight World Cup downhill victory to set up exciting season finale


KVITFJELL, Norway — Hannes Reichelt claimed his second straight World Cup downhill victory Saturday, cutting the gap on discipline leader Kjetil Jansrud to just 24 points going into the final race of the season.

Reichelt, the super-G world champion, went down the Olympiabakken course in 1 minute, 29.65 seconds to beat Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada by 0.30 seconds and Werner Heel of Italy by 0.38.

The in-form Austrian was also quickest in Thursday's opening training session and on all three days including training at Garmisch-Partenkirchen last weekend.

Reichelt has 485 points ahead of the final downhill race at Meribel, France on Mar. 18, putting pressure on Jansrud, who could have claimed the discipline title on home snow.

Two mistakes cost the Norwegian dearly as he finished 0.54 off the pace in seventh.

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