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More misfortune for Rey-Bellet as Austrians sweep downhill

Corinne Rey-Bellet failed to get a podium finish

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Corinne Rey-Bellet had to settle for fourth place at the world championships once again on Tuesday as Austrian skiers snatched all three podium places in the downhill race.

Rey-Bellet, who also finished fourth in Friday's combined race, was agonisingly close to a medal for the second time in five days. Just over half a second separated the Swiss skier from the third-placed Austrian, Selina Heregger.

"I'm a little bit frustrated," Rey-Bellet told swissinfo after the race. "It's the second time I'm fourth and I was sixth in the super-G. It's close to the podium."

Austria's former downhill world champion Renate Götschl could only manage the silver this time around, conceding gold to team-mate Michaela Dorfmeister by less than two tenths of a second.

Götschl's silver nevertheless marked a remarkable comeback following last week's dramatic crashes in both the super-G and the combined event - motivation perhaps for Rey-Bellet who will now be hoping to make it fourth time lucky in Friday's giant slalom.

by Mark Ledsom


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