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Zettel on high as Vonn extends overall lead

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  • Katrin Zettel of Austria wins Friday's women's giant slalom event in Germany
  • Zettel has claimed four victories this season to lead the discipline standings
  • Manuel Osborne-Paradis wins his first World Cup event in downhill in Norway
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(CNN) -- Austria's Kathrin Zettel closed in on the World Cup giant slalom title with an exciting victory in her favored discipline in Ofterschwang on Friday.

Zettel again underlined her quality in giant slalom with victory in Germany.

Zettel again underlined her quality in giant slalom with victory in Germany.

Zettel edged Austrian teammate Elisabeth Goergl by 0.12 seconds with world championship bronze medal winner Tanja Pouitiainen in third place.

American Lindsey Vonn claimed eighth place at the German resort to increase her lead in the overall World Cup standings ahead of Maria Riesch, who was a distant 22nd on Friday.

Victory in Saturday's slalom would see double world champion Vonn retain the title ahead of the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden. She is currently leading by 414 points with a maximum 500 points still available.

Zettel, who recorded a combined time of two minutes 36.48 seconds on the testing Horn course, has won four of the seven races in giant slalom this season and will be strongly favored to wrap up the title next week.

She leads Pouitianen by 41 points in the discipline with one race remaining.

Slovenia's Tina Maze led after the first run, but slipped back to fourth second time down.

On the men's World Cup circuit, Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada claimed his first win by taking Friday's downhill in Kvitfjel in Norway. He relegated the speed discipline's overall World Cup leader Michael Walchhoffer of Austria to second place.

2007 World Cup overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished third with just 0.37 seconds separating the podium finishers.

Walchhoffer boosted his chances of taking the downhill title with his second place. He leads Swiss Didier Defago by 77 points in the standings with two downhills remaining.

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