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Vonn establishes record for most women’s World Cup downhill triumphs

AP, AFP-JIJI

Lindsey Vonn has broken Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record for most World Cup downhill victories with her 37th win in skiing’s marquee event.

Vonn beat Larisa Yurkiw of Canada by 0.28 seconds on the Olympia delle Tofane course on Saturday.

Lara Gut of Switzerland finished third, 0.67 behind, and maintained a 10-point lead on Vonn in the overall standings.

Moser-Proell, the Austrian great, set her record from 1971-80.

The 31-year-old American, Olympic downhill gold medalist in 2010 and world champion in 2009, clocked 1minute, 37.01seconds down the 2.6-km course in clear, cold conditions.

Vonn recorded her first downhill win in 2004.

Vonn also matched Renate Goetschl, another Austrian, with a record 10th win in Cortina.

It was Vonn’s 74th win across all disciplines, moving her closer to Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time mark of 86.

Gut retained the overall lead in World Cup standings, with 810 points compared to Vonn’s 800, but the Swiss racer will again come under pressure on Sunday as the American aims for a double, with a super-G scheduled for 10:30 GMT.