Vonn wins World Cup downhill to match all-time record of 36 wins – Watch

Vonn wins World Cup downhill to match all-time record of 36 wins - Watch

Lindsey Vonn won a women’s World Cup downhill on Saturday for her 36th career victory in the discipline, matching Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell’s all-time best mark.

Vonn already has more wins than anyone else across the disciplines – 72 – and the most podiums – 119 – and can now claim the downhill record in Wengen on January 16.

Two sensational runs in Zauchensee blew the field away, Vonn comfortably taking victory by one second with an overall time of two minutes 11.17 seconds.

For the first time in 14 years, a women’s downhill was changed from one run to two shorter runs because of snow conditions, but it did not faze Vonn.

The American dominated the opening run in Austria, finding cleaner lines and more speed to finish nearly a second clear of her nearest rival Larisa Yurkiw (+0.91secs).

Saturday’s second run produced a similar outcome as Vonn was again the quickest racer on the course, finishing in a slightly slower time than earlier in the day but more than enough to secure victory.

Ten racers held the lead as the second run took place, first place changing hands at will as the likes of Viktoria Rebensburg (+2.53secs), Elisabeth Goergl (+2.85secs) and Kajsa Kling (+2.05secs) produced quick times.

Cornelia Huetter (+1.66secs) continued her fine form this season with a fourth podium – the fifth of her career – as she claimed third place, with Larisa Yurkiw (+1.00secs) putting a little bit of pressure on Vonn as she finished nine hundredths behind her second run time.

But victory was always going to be Vonn’s as she secured a fifth win of the season, moving her clear at the top of the discipline standings and into second overall.

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