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Defago delights Swiss crowd with Wengen win

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  • Didier Defago secures victory for Switzerland in the Wengen men's downhill
  • The 31-year-old's first downhill win ends the hosts' six-year wait for a victory
  • American Lindsey Vonn survives a downhill error to win women's super-combi
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(CNN) -- Didier Defago ended Switzerland's six-year wait for a Wengen men's downhill victory by finishing first on the classic Lauberhorn course in front of a record-breaking crowd of 30,000.

Defago shows his delight after ending Switzerland's six-year wait for a Wengen downhill success.

Defago shows his delight after ending Switzerland's six-year wait for a Wengen downhill success.

Defago, 31, delighted the home fans by producing a storming run to finish in a time of two minutes 31.98 seconds, just a fifth of a second ahead of Bode Miller with another American, Marco Sullivan back in third place.

The triumph was Defago's first in a downhill and only his second career World Cup success following his super-G win at Val Gardena, Italy, back in 2002.

Downhill champion Miller was seeking a hat-trick on one of the sport's monument pistes, which would have emulated Austrian Franz Klammer's three successive wins from 1975 to 1977.

However, he was unable to stop Defago collecting Switzerland's first victory at Wengen since Bruno Kernen triumphed in 2003.

Austrian Benjamin Raich -- who does not compete in the downhill events -- retained his lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Meanwhile, American Lindsey Vonn survived a huge mistake to win the women's super-combined at Zauchensee, Austria on Saturday.

The overall World Cup champion closed to within 13 points of current overall leader Maria Riesch of Germany -- who was disqualified for straddling a gate on the slalom section -- after beating Austrian Kathrin Zettel and Sweden's Anja Paerson on Saturday.

Vonn's superb slalom run secured victory after only finishing third in the downhill section, where she nearly toppled over on the top half of the course.

Canada's surprise package Larisa Yurkiw was fastest on the downhill but fell away as Vonn went on to win in an overall time of two minutes 40.53 seconds.

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