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Home hope Janka wins Wengen super-combined

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  • Carlo Janka wins men's World Cup super-combined event in Wengen
  • Benjamin Raich increases lead in overall standings by finishing sixth
  • Wolfgang Loitzl scores brilliant win in World Cup ski-jump event in Poland
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(CNN) -- Carlo Janka provided Switzerland with a home winner in the opening event of the weekend at Wengen as he took a men's World Cup super-combined event on Friday.

Janka provided early cheer for the Swiss spectators at Wengen.

Janka provided early cheer for the Swiss spectators at Wengen.

Janka, who was claiming his second World Cup win after taking a giant slalom in Val d'Isere last month, showed his versatility in downhill and slalom to beat Italy's Peter Fill with fellow Swiss Silvan Zurbriggen in third place.

Janka, 22, finished second in the opening downhill section, led by fellow Swiss Daniel Albrecht, and produced a solid slalom for a combined time of two minutes 34.16 seconds.

Fill, a stronger slalom performer, finished 0.22 seconds back with Zurbriggen at 0.40 seconds.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich of Austria finished sixth to open up a bigger gap on Jean-Baptiste Grange of France who took ninth after a weak downhill.

Bode Miller of the United States saw Raich draw level with him at the head of the overall super-combined standings after he finished a lowly 32nd, making mistakes on his slalom run to fall right out of contention.

The women's circuit has moved to Zauchensee in Austria with Anja Paerson of Sweden quickest in Friday's downhill training ahead of the race on Sunday.

Downhill world champion Paerson clocked one minute 48.14 seconds on the Kaelberloch course.

Overall World Cup leader Maria Reisch of Germany posted the 11th fastest time ahead of Saturday's super-combined where she will be among the favorites.

In ski-jumping, Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl continued his winning run in 2009 with victory in Poland, his fourth straight World Cup victory.

Loitzl, who sprang to prominence by winning the Four Hills title, is closing fast on overall standings leader Simon Amman of Switzerland who could only finish fifth.

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