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Anna Fenninger clinches alpine overall title

Anna Fenninger of Austria clinched her first alpine overall title on Thursday by placing second in the super-G at the World Cup finals.

Austrian skier wins her 1st women's crown

Austria's Anna Fenninger reacts after crossing the finish line in Thursday's women's super-G at the World Cup finals at Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Anna Fenninger of Austria clinched her first alpine overall title on Thursday by placing second in the women's super-G at the World Cup finals.

Switzerland's Lara Gut won the race at Lenzerheide, in her home country.

Fenninger built a 215-point lead over Gut with two races remaining this weekend and cannot be caught.

She punched the air with her right fist on crossing the line as race leader, starting before Gut, then blew a kiss to the television camera while waiting for her rival in the finish area.

"It's unbelievable, it's the greatest," the 24-year-old Austrian told Swiss broadcaster SRF.

Fenninger's path to the title was eased when her closest challenger, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, sustained season-ending injuries after crashing in the downhill on Wednesday.

Fenninger adds alpine skiing's Crystal Globe to the Olympic gold medal in super-G and silver in giant slalom she won in Sochi last month.

Gut won for the second straight day to clinch the season-long super-G title, a first career World Cup trophy for the 22-year-old racer.

She timed 1 minute, 17.14 seconds down the sunbathed course, 0.61 seconds faster than Fenninger. Tina Maze of Slovenia, the defending overall champion, trailed Gut by 0.95 in third.

Marie-Michele Gagnon was the only Canadian in the race, reserved for the season's top super-G skiers. She failed to finish her run and ends the super-G season ranked 19th in the discipline.

Gut looked up at the giant screens, pumped both fists and basked in a loud ovation from a 5,000-strong home crowd.

Her seventh World Cup race win this season is the most on the women's circuit, though Fenninger has been more consistent.

Fenninger finished second in the downhill standings, behind Hoefl-Riesch, and to Gut in super-G. She also stands second in the giant slalom points race behind Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden. The final GS race closes the season on Sunday.

By then, Austria hopes Marcel Hirscher will have clinched the men's overall title to give the Alpine nation its first double success since 2002.

With files from CBC

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