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Heel wins as Svindal extends overall lead

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  • Werner Heel of Italy claims season-ending super-G at World Cup finals
  • Second-placed Aksel Lund Svindal clinches WC title in the discipline
  • Svindal extends his lead in overall WC title race to 102 points over Benjamin Raich
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(CNN) -- Italy's Werner Heel won the super-G at the World Cup finals in Are as second-placed Aksel Lund Svindal clinched the title in the speed discipline and extended his lead in the overall standings.

Svindal (left) and Heel celebrate their success in Thursday's super-G race.

Svindal (left) and Heel celebrate their success in Thursday's super-G race.

Popular Norwegian Svindal finished 0.07 seconds behind Heel with Christof Innerhofer of Italy in third place.

Svindal, who also won Wednesday's season-ending downhill in Sweden, stretched his lead in the overall title race to 102 points over Austrian Benjamin Raich with two races remaining.

Raich, a gate specialist, will look to cut the gap in the remaining giant slalom and slalom races on the Olympia piste.

Didier Cuche of Switzerland, the reigning world super-G champion, fell out of the race for the overall title as he could only manage 15th in Thursday's race and remains 150 points adrift of Svindal in third place.

Svindal, who suffered career-threatening injuries in a crash in Colorado in late 2007, also claimed gold in the super-combi at the recent world championships to cap a superb comeback to the very top of his sport.

Austrian great Hermann Maier led the super-G standings ahead of the final race, but could only finish 17th, one place ahead of another challenger, Switzerland's Didier Defago.

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