Winter Olympics: Aksel Lund Svindal wins downhill gold in Pyeongchang

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Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion as he held off compatriot Kjetil Jansrud to win downhill gold.

Svindal took super-G gold at Vancouver 2010 but finished a disappointing fourth when favourite for the downhill at Sochi 2014.

However, the 35-year-old finished 0.12 seconds ahead of Jansrud with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz third.

The Austrian was a surprise winner in Sochi four years ago, clinching gold despite never finishing higher than fifth in a World Cup downhill before.

For Svindal, the victory came after a serious knee injury. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a crash in January 2016 and only won his first World Cup downhill race since in December.

 

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