Gut wins first World Cup downhill

Updated 14 December 2012
0

Gut wins first World Cup downhill

VAL d’Isere, France: Switzerland’s Lara Gut won the women’s World Cup downhill here on Friday as the 21-year-old finished ahead of American Leanne Smith and fellow Swiss Nadja Kamer for the third win on the circuit.
Gut who won world championship downhill silver on the same Val d’Isere piste in 2009 behind Lindsey Vonn took advantage of an early start position to edge Smith by 00.16secs and pick up her first downhill victory to go with two super-G wins in 2008 and 2011 respectively.
“I was a bit worried and didn’t expect to stay in front but it’s great,” said Gut.
The 25-year-old Smith took a podium place for the first time in her career as Kamer finized 00.50secs behind Gut while French skier Marie Marchand-Arvier agonizingly missed out on the top three with a time 00.02secs slower than the Swiss racer.
Smith’s best previous result was eighth in a super-G race in 2011.
Olympic downhill champion Vonn, suffered a spectacular crash as the American lost control on some loose snow and flew into the security nettings on just the third gate.
Gut’s victory lifts her into third spot in the downhill rankings with 124 points as Vonn continues to lead on 200 points after winning the first two races of the season.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze is the comfortable overall leader on 701 points with Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch 236 adrift and Vonn a further 51 points back as Gut climbs to fifth on 309.


Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

Updated 19 June 2018
0

Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.