Alpine skiing: Maze wins downhill title, Vonn misses out

Slovenia`s Tina Maze added a world title to her Olympic gold medal Friday by winning the downhill at the world championships and crushing the hopes of Lindsey Vonn.  

AFP| Updated: Feb 07, 2015, 08:54 AM IST
Alpine skiing: Maze wins downhill title, Vonn misses out

Slovenia`s Tina Maze added a world title to her Olympic gold medal Friday by winning the downhill at the world championships and crushing the hopes of Lindsey Vonn.

World Cup overall points leader Maze charged down the course in a time of one minute, 45.89sec to overtake Austria`s Anna Fenninger who set the early standard by clocking 1:45.91.

Switzerland`s Lara Gut was third in 1:46.23 while World Cup leader Vonn finished off the podium in fifth with a time of 1:46.94.

Maze became just the second female skier in history to win a downhill world title as the reigning Olympic champion.

In 1984, Michaela Figini won the Olympic gold and then followed it up with the 1985 world title.

Maze claimed two gold medals at the Sochi Games a year ago -- the giant slalom and then shared the downhill gold with Swiss Dominique Gisin.

Reigning Olympic super-G champion Fenninger captured her second medal in three days after winning the super-G world title on Tuesday.

Vonn, who started from the 22nd position Friday, just missed her second podium as she placed fifth.

Vonn won the downhill at the biennial championships in 2011 but missed the race two years later after crashing in the super-G in the 2013 worlds in Schladming, Austria.

The high-speed crash ended her season and resulted in two knee surgeries.

Heading into Friday`s race, Vonn`s miracle comeback was underway as she had won three of the last five World Cup downhill races.

She finished third in Tuesday`s super-G.

Vonn is back skiing healthy for the first time in two years and just a couple of weeks ago the American ski queen became the winningest women in World Cup history.

She has 64 World Cup wins, including 32 in downhill.