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Buechel pips Maier in Kitzbuehel

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein broke his own record as the oldest winner of a World Cup race as he took the Super-G at Kitzbuehel on Friday.

Buechel, 36, held off Austrian hero and fellow veteran Hermann Maier who finished 0.16 seconds behind after making a mistake on the final jump before the line.

Home hero Maier, himself 35, has finished on the podium in the last seven World Cup Super-G events at Kitzbuehel, winning five of them.

But Buechel had a near-flawless run on the famous Streifalm course to finish in one minute 15.44 seconds.

This victory was a dream, the biggest thing for me, said Buechel, who has four World Cup wins, setting the previous record for oldest winner at Lake Louise, Canada in 2006.

I was incredible nervous, especially when Hermann was racing, he added.

Maier, finished on the podium for the first time since coming third at the Super-G in Hinterstoder, Austria, in December 2006.

This is great, of course. I had a really good run and I just had fun out there, Maier said. I could rely on my technical skills.

World Cup discipline leader Didier Cuche of Switzerland and Mario Scheiber shared third, trailing Buechel by 0.33 seconds.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich finished 0.59 seconds back in seventh place and stayed top of the standings. E-mail to a friend

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January 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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