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Manuel Osborne-Paradis narrowly defeated in men's World Cup downhill

03/07/2015 08:54 EST | Updated 05/07/2015 05:59 EDT
A week made a huge difference for Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who finished a close second in Saturday's men's World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway after placing 36th on Feb. 28 in Germany.

Hannes Reichelt claimed his second straight World Cup downhill victory Saturday, travelling down the Olympiabakken course in one minute 29.65 seconds to beat Osborne-Paradis by 0.30 seconds and Werner Heel of Italy by 0.38​.

Reichelt, the super-G world champion, cut the gap on discipline leader Kjetil Jansrud to just 24 points going into the final race of the season..

The in-form Austrian was also quickest in Thursday's opening training session and on all three days including training at Garmisch-Partenkirchen last weekend.

Reichelt has 485 points ahead of the final downhill race at Meribel, France on Mar. 18, putting pressure on Jansrud, who could have claimed the discipline title on home snow.

Two mistakes cost the Norwegian dearly as he finished 0.54 off the pace in seventh.

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