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Rey-Bellet and Beltrametti take Swiss downhill titles

Beltrametti speeds towards his first Swiss title


Switzerland's two best skiers in this season's World Cup downhill events enjoyed further success in the discipline on Tuesday with victories at the national championships in St Moritz.

In the men's race, Silvano Beltrametti finished more than a second ahead of fellow Graubünden athletes, Ambrosi Hoffmann and Franco Cavegn, to win his first ever Swiss title. The 22-year-old from Valbella had previously come second in both the downhill and the super-G races during the 1998 Swiss championships.

Paul Accola finished Tuesday's race in fourth place to complete a remarkable day for local skiers on the course that in 2003 will stage the women's downhill race for the St Moritz world championships.

Corinne Rey-Bellet showed on Tuesday that she could be a force to reckon with in 2003, after clinching her second Swiss downhill title in a row. The 28-year-old from canton Valais finished just under a second in front of Ruth Kündig and Monika Dumermuth.

"With my billing as favourite, I was a little obliged to win," Rey-Bellet reflected after the race, "just like Sonja [Nef] in the slalom and giant slalom."

swissinfo with agencies


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