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Vonn clinches World Cup downhill title

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  • Lindsey Vonn of the United States clinches World Cup downhill title
  • Vonn finishes 12th in Bansko behind winner Andrea Fischbacher of Austria
  • American Ted Ligety claims first World Cup victory of season in Slovenia
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(CNN) -- American Lindsey Vonn clinched the World Cup downhill title despite finishing back in 12th in the latest round in Bansko, Bulgaria.

Vonn skies to overall triumph in the World Cup downhill standings.

Vonn skies to overall triumph in the World Cup downhill standings.

Vonn, who won two golds at the world championships in Val d'Isere earlier this month, has been hampered since by a thumb injury she sustained while opening a bottle of champagne in celebration of a gold medal triumph.

She finished tied for third in Friday's downhill at the same resort, but her lowly finish was enough to claim an unassailable advantage over Swiss skier Dominique Gisin in the overall standings in the speed discipline.

It was her second straight downhill title and she remains 336 points clear of Germany's Maria Riesch in the overall standings as the season reaches its finale.

Andrea Fischbacher of Austria won Saturday's race in one minute 45.81 seconds from Slovenian Tina Maze.

Fabienne Suter of Switzerland, who won Friday's event, finished third to complete the podium.

Women's racing continues at Bansko on Sunday with a super-G as Vonn looks to extend her overall advantage over her great friend Riesch.

Meanwhile on the men's circuit, Ted Ligety of the United States claimed his first World Cup win of the season by taking a giant slalom at Kranskja Gora in Slovenia.

Ligety had 0.19 seconds in hand over Switzerland's Didier Cuche, with Italian Massimiliano Blardone finishing in third place at 0.34 seconds.

Second place was enough for Cuche, who won the giant slalom at Sestriere last week, to take the lead in the overall standings for the discipline.

He also closes to within 86 points of overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic, who finished 20th.

Ligety finished third in the giant slalom at the world championshpis and continued that form on Saturday, but Austria's Benjamin Raich had a disappointing day as he finished 15th, the result failing to enhance his chances of the overall title as he lies third.

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