Ski World Cup Elena Fanchini ends long wait for victory with FIS World Cup downhill win

Elena Fanchini ended her nine-year wait for a second FIS World Cup victory by taking the downhill event in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Friday.

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Nine years and 45 days after her first FIS World Cup success, Elena Fanchini finally tasted victory again on Friday with a win in the downhill event in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The 29-year-old won her first World Cup event in December 2006 at Lake Louise but had only managed two podium finishes since.

However, her time of one minute, 9.53 seconds was enough to top the timesheets in an event that saw the starting position moved due to fog.

The double header in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Friday and Saturday serves as a replacement for the cancelled meeting in Bad Kleinkirchheim last week and saw second-place Larisa Yurkiw claim her first podium finish.

The Canadian's time of 1:09.68 was enough to edge Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg into third while there was disappointment for Lindsay Vonn, who could only muster a 10th-place finish.

Vonn is seeking to become the most decorated female skier in World Cup history as she sits one win behind Annemarie Moser-Proll's all-time record of 62.

The American - who was quickest in Thursday's training - finished with a time of 1:10.41 in Friday's race but will have another chance to equal the record in Saturday's downhill.

If successful, Vonn could then set the new record in Sunday's super-G event.

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