Norway: Austria's Klaus Kroell boosted his downhill World Cup chances by beating two Norwegians on their home snow to win Saturday's race in Kvitfjell.

Joint winner with Switzerland's Beat Feuz in Friday's Super-G on the same course, Kroell maintained his brilliant end of season form to triumph alone this time in one minute and 45.76 seconds.

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who dominated the practice and finished third in the Super-G, missed his first victory in a World Cup speed event by 0.02 seconds. Compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal was third, 0.48 off the pace.

In the downhill standings, Kroell now leads Swiss Didier Cuche by 48 points with only one race remaining at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria, later this month.

Cuche, who is chasing his fifth crystal globe in the discipline, was a disappointing 10th on the Olympiabakken piste on which he won two downhills in 2007 and 2010.

His compatriot Feuz finished just outside the medal placings, adding 50 points to his overall total.

In the race for the overall championship globe, Feuz now leads Austria's Marcel Hirscher by 55 points and can collect more points in Sunday's Super-G, also in Kvitfjell.

Slalom and giant slalom specialist Hirscher is shunning the Norwegian weekend to focus on next weekend's technical events in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

(Agencies)