Surprise gold for Bohnacker

Wed, 12 Jan 15:42:00 2011

Germany's Daniel Bohnacker sprung a surprise victory at the FIS freestyle skiing World Cup in Alpe d’Huez, France, storming to ski cross gold on Wednesday.

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The 20-year-old edged out Olympic silver medallist and world champion Andreas Matt of Austria to clinch his first ever World Cup podium finish in the French Alps.

Matt, who has already collected one silver medal this season in Italy, was forced to settle for second place while his compatriot Patrick Koller complete the podium in third.

Conradign Netzer of Switzerland was the unlucky finalist who finished outside the medals in fourth.

Matt still leads the overall World Cup standings with 239 points while Canada’s Nick Zoricic (194) is second and John Teller of the USA has 170 points in third.

Meanwhile, in the women’s ranks Canada’s Kelsey Serwa clinched her first World Cup win of the season while compatriot and Olympic champion Ashleigh McIvor continued her return to form with bronze.

Serwa, the X-Games bronze medallist, clinched victory ahead of Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who took silver and McIvor who sealed her second consecutive podium place, after taking silver last time out in Italy.

Despite finishing fourth, Germany’s Heidi Zacher remains at the top of the overall ski cross World Cup rankings with 260 points but Serwa, who lies second, has closed the gap to just 11 points.

Smith is third with 247 while McIvor [176] is slowly but surely gaining ground in fourth.

Great Britain’s Emily Sarsfield finished 29th in the 32-strong field while her compatriot Sarah Sauvey crashed during training on Tuesday and required 17 stitches to her face.

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