Greber Grabs First World Cup Win in Italy, Rahlves Sixth

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Bormio, Italy Dec. 28, 2001 (AP)--Christian Greber clinched his first career World Cup victory Friday as he led an Austrian 1-2-3 sweep in the first of back-to-back downhill races.

The 29-year-old Greber mastered the bumpy Stelvio course in one minute, 54.33 seconds, edging Fritz Strobl, the fastest skier in Thursday's training run, by .46 seconds. World Cup leader Stephan Eberharter placed third, .68 back, stretching his lead in the overall standings.

World super-G champion Daron Rahlves of the United States was sixth.

Greber, whose previous best World Cup finish had been third place here last year, put in a daring run on the 2,913-meter long course covered with man-made snow, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. He led in split times and at the finish line.

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