Gerg Wins Last Women's Downhill


Are, Sweden-March 8, 2001(AP)¿Hilde Gerg of Germany won the last women’s World Cup downhill of the season Thursday,just ahead of Isolde Kostner of Italy, who clinched the season’s downhill title for the first time.

Gerg covered the Olympia course in 1 minute, 16.56 seconds, beating Kostner by .31 seconds. It was Gerg’s 10th World Cup win and her second in the downhill.

“I had really good skis,” Gerg said. “I wanted to ski very fast on the upper part (of the course), and it worked.”

Sylviane Berthod of Switzerland was third in 1:16.97.

Renate Goetschl of Austria, the only racer who had a chance to catch Kostner for the DH title, fell on the upper part of the course and did not finish. She was unhurt.

Goetschl is still involved in one of the most exciting duels _ the race for the overall title. The defending champion, Goetschl trails Janica Kostelic of Croatia by only 39 points.

Three races that will determine the overall crown _ the super-G, slalom and giant slalom _ remain for the women in these World Cup finals.

Canada’s Melanie Turgeon just missed her second podium finish of the season, finishing one-tenth of a second behind Berthod.

Megan Gerety of the United States placed fifth, .80 behind the winner. Teammate Kirsten Clark, winner of the next-to-last downhill of the series, wound up a disappointing 21st out of 22 finishers. She was 1.65 behind the winner.

The men’s downhill was scheduled later Thursday.

Women’s Downhill Results
1. Hilde Gerg, Germany,1:16.56
2. Isolde Kostner, Italy, 1:16.87
3. Sylviane Berthod, Switzerland, 1:16.97
4. Melanie Turgeon, Canada, 1:17.07
5. Megan Gerety, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:17.36

9. Caroline Lalive, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 1:17.69
19. Jonna Mendes, Heavenly, Calif., 1:18.15
21. Kirsten Clark, Raymond, Maine, 1:18.21

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