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Feuz edges rival Paris to win classic Lauberhorn downhill

Beat Feuz struck back in his season-long rivalry with Dominik Paris to win a World Cup downhill on Saturday.

Switzerland's star skier shines at World Cup event on home soil

Switzerland's Beat Feuz is seen in the finish area at the World Cup men's downhill competition in Wengen, Switzerland, on Saturday. (Marco Tacca/Associated Press)

Beat Feuz struck back in his season-long rivalry with Dominik Paris to win a World Cup downhill on Saturday in Wengen, Switzerland.

Switzerland's best downhiller showed his mastery of the alpine nation's most storied event to win the Lauberhorn race for a third time, matching the record of Austrian great Franz Klammer.

Feuz finished 0.29 seconds ahead of Italy's Paris down a shorter course that started lower down the mountain due to overnight snowfall.

Thomas Dressen of Germany was third, 0.31 behind Feuz. That completed a podium of the only winners of the five World Cup downhills so far this season.

WATCH | Feuz wins at Lauberhorn for 3rd time:

Switzerland's Beat Feuz wins the World Cup event in Wenen with a time of 1:42.53. 2:19

Cameron Alexander finished 19th for the top Canadian result. Benjamin Thomsen (28th), James Crawford (38th), Jeffrey Read (48th), and Sam Mulligan (54th) round out the Canadians in the field on Saturday.

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Feuz also won at Beaver Creek, Colorado, and was runner-up and third when Paris swept both races at Bormio, Italy, last month.

Earning 100 points for the win, Feuz retook the World Cup downhill standings lead from Paris by just 16 points. They are almost 200 clear of Dressen in third.

The 30-year-old Paris said: "I'm very, very happy. First time on the podium after a long time trying on this course."

Feuz also won on the Lauberhorn in 2012 and 2018, and has two more runner-up finishes here. Klammer won three straight at Wengen from 1975-77.

Couldn't be caught

A key to victory was Feuz's deft footwork through a technical s-shaped bend approaching a tunnel beneath the mountain train line. He was fastest and best through this section, and gained 0.44 on Paris.

"Feuz just put the whole thing together," said Bryce Bennett, the best-placed American in seventh, 0.87 back. "Once he came down, no one was going to touch that today."

The winning time was one minute 42.53 seconds on a course that started just above the signature Hundschopf cliff face jump. The full Lauberhorn distance of 4.27 takes around 2:25 and is by far the longest on the World Cup circuit.

One of the main events in Switzerland's sports calendar got a traditional flypast 45 minutes before the start. A Swiss airline passenger jet flew in formation with six military fighter jets against a backdrop of blue skies and jagged, snow-dusted mountain peaks at around 3,000 metres.

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