Bode Miller third in Hahnenkamm downhill; Austrian wins

Bode Miller

Bode Miller‘s bid to win his first downhill race at skiing’s most revered venue came up short, while an Austrian captured the famed Hahnenkamm event for the first time in eight years on Saturday.

Hannes Reichelt delighted a crowd that normally reaches 50,000 by winning the World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Miller, the fastest by nearly one second in training Thursday, took third, .34 behind the Austrian and .13 behind Aksel Lund Svindal.

“Winning training runs doesn’t do it for you,” Miller said, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “You’ve got to execute on race day. It’s too many times that I’ve made these stupid mistakes that aren’t really forced. They are not forced errors. It’s not on a tough part of the course, it’s just a real basic part. So, it’s pretty heartbreaking.”

American Travis Ganong matched the best World Cup result of his career, seventh, on a modified course.

Miller, who had won combineds in Kitzbuehel in 2004 and 2008, posted his best World Cup downhill finish since Feb. 3, 2012 and his second podium this season. He took second in a giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Dec. 8.

It’s another promising result for Miller, 36, who missed all of last season following knee surgery. He is slated to compete in his fifth Olympics and looking to win his sixth Olympic medal.

His best chances in Sochi will likely come in the speed events of downhill and super-G, events he won bronze and silver in at the 2010 Olympics.

His biggest threats appear to be Reichelt and Svindal.

Reichelt became the first Austrian to win the Hahnenkamm downhill since Michael Walchhofer in 2006. He ranks second in the World Cup downhill standings to Svindal, who extended his World Cup overall lead Saturday.

“This is like dream,” Reichelt said, according to The Associated Press. “Being an Austrian, coming down this course and winning here in front of all these fans, is a huge present. This is a real highlight of my career. If you win here, you are a legend.”

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a super combined on Sunday, where the super-G will count as a separate race. Also Sunday, the U.S. Olympic Team is scheduled to be named.

Kitzbuehel Downhill
1. Hannes Reichelt (AUT) 2:03.38
2. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 2:03.59
3. Bode Miller (USA) 2:03.72
4. Adrien Theaux (FRA) 2:04.04
5. Christof Innherhofer (ITA) 2:04.15
6. Carlo Janka (SUI) 2:04.23
7. Travis Ganong (USA) 2:04.41
7. Max Franz (AUT) 2:04.41
9. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 2:04.46
10. Didier Defago (SUI) 2:04.52
19. Marco Sullivan (USA) 2:05.22
27. Steven Nyman (USA) 2:05.93
32. Jared Goldberg (USA) 2:06.07
36. Erik Fisher (USA) 2:06.44
43. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) 2:07.43

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Fred Kerley wins 100m at Rabat Diamond League in early showdown

Fred Kerley

World champion Fred Kerley won the 100m in an early season showdown at a Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday.

Kerley clocked 9.94 seconds, beating a field that included Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who remains the world’s fastest man this year (9.84 from May 13) and world bronze medalist Trayvon Bromell. Omanyala was third in 10.05 on Sunday, while Bromell was fifth in 10.10.

Kerley has run three 100m races this year and broke 9.95 in all of them, a promising start as he bids to repeat as world champion in Budapest in August.

Full meet results are here.

The Diamond League season continues with a meet in Florence, Italy, on Friday, live on Peacock. The headline event is the men’s 100m including Kerley and Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy. Kerley and Jacobs were due to go head to head in Rabat, but Jacobs withdrew last Thursday due to nerve pain.

Earlier, Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway comfortably took the 1500m in 3:32.59. American Yared Nuguse surged to place second in a personal best 3:33.02 in his Diamond League debut after running the world’s second-fastest indoor mile in history in February.

Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell ran down world champion Grant Holloway in the 110m hurdles, prevailing 13.08 to 13.12 into a headwind. Holloway remains fastest in the world this year at 13.03.

Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic and world champion, finished eighth in the 800m won by countryman Emmanuel Wanyonyi. Wanyonyi, 18, is the world’s fastest in 2023.

American Shamier Little won the 400m hurdles in 53.95, becoming second-fastest in the world this year behind countrywoman Britton Wilson. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the Olympic and world champion and world record holder, has yet to compete this outdoor season and so far has strictly committed to flat 400m races in future meets. McLaughlin-Levrone has a bye into the world championships 400m hurdles but may run the flat 400m there instead.

In the 400m, Olympic champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won in 44.70, while world bronze medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith of Great Britain pulled up about 50 meters into the race.

Also Sunday, world bronze medalist Anna Hall improved from No. 3 to No. 2 on the U.S. all-time heptathlon list with 6,988 points to win the Hypo Meeting in Götzis, Austria. Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record holder at 7,291, has scored higher among Americans.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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