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Suter wins downhill as Vonn extends lead

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  • Switzerland's Fabienne Suter wins the first-ever World Cup downhill in Bulgaria
  • Suter finishes ahead of Austrian Andrea Fischbacher in Friday's Bansko race
  • Lindsey Vonn finishes joint third to increase her advantage in overall standings
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(CNN) -- Switzerland's Fabienne Suter won Friday's women's World Cup downhill in Bansko, Bulgaria, as American Lindsey Vonn increased her overall advantage after finishing tied for third place.

Suter won her first-ever downhill in Bulgaria's debut on the World Cup circuit.

Suter won her first-ever downhill in Bulgaria's debut on the World Cup circuit.

Suter completed the race, Bulgaria's debut World Cup contest, in a time of one minute, 45.68 seconds from Austrian Andrea Fischbacher -- with Vonn and Italy's Nadia Fanchini finishing third -- 1.24 seconds back.

It was Suter's first-ever downhill victory in a career that has been dogged by a host of injuries in recent years.

Vonn's performance meant she extended her advantage over Germany's Maria Riesch in the overall standings to 346 points.

The 24-year-old also leads the downhill standings by 118 points from Riesch -- who finished 18th -- while third-placed Anja Paerson of Sweden did not finish on Friday.

Saturday will see another scheduled downhill, with a super-G to be run on Sunday.

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