Swiss make it to podium in Super combination

Marc Berthod on his way to a second place in the men's Super combination Keystone

Marc Berthod and Silvan Zurbriggen have clinched top spots behind Austria's Mario Matt in the World Cup Super combination race in Wengen.

This content was published on January 14, 2007 - 14:25

Two other Swiss, Daniel Albrecht and Didier Défago, finished in the top seven of Sunday's competition in the Bernese Oberland.

Matt came from far behind after the downhill event to take the slalom race and finish 0.38 seconds ahead of Berthod. Zurbriggen, who was in 14th position after the downhill, lost 0.41 seconds overall.

It's the third time this winter that Berthod finished in the top three of a World Cup event. He came second in a Super combination event in Beaver Creek and won a slalom in Adelboden last weekend.

Sunday's results confirm an upturn for the Swiss alpine skiers in recent weeks.

Didier Cuche finished second in Saturday's classic Lauberhorn downhill behind American Bode Miller.

Sunday's Super-combination race had to be postponed from Friday a result of the warm weather in the Swiss Alps.

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In brief

A Super combination competition consists of a downhill and a slalom race on the same day.

The first time a Super combination of the World Cup took place in Wengen in 2005. Didier Défago finished third in that race.

The Swiss have taken nine podium places of the World Cup this winter so far.

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Results Super combination Wengen

1. Mario Matt (Austria) 2'27''87
2. Marc Berthod (Swiss) +0.38
3. Silvan Zurbriggen (Swiss) +0.41
4. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia) +0.61
5. Daniel Albrecht (Swiss) +0.84
6. Bejnamin Raich (Austria) +0.85
7. Didier Défago (Swiss) +1.01

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