Alpine Skiing - Reichelt ends Austria's eight-year drought at Kitzbuhel

Hannes Reichelt finally ended Austria's eight-year wait for a home downhill win in the alpine skiing World Cup in Kitzbuhel with a run to remember.

Not since Michael Walchhofer in 2006 has an Austrian tasted victory in the Kitzbuhel downhill and that drought looked like being extending by Aksel Lund Svindal.

Svindal produced a storming run of 2:03.59minutes to deny Bode Miller however Reichelt had other ideas and, after a cautious start at the top, was stunning at the bottom.

He executed the lower turns with absolute precision to clock a time of 2:03.38 and end almost ten years of hurt for Austria in the prestigious downhill in Kitzbuhel.

American Olympic champion Miller set the tone for a pulsating period involving Svindal, who maintains his World Cup leads, and Reichelt but he had to make do with third in 2:03.72.

Meanwhile in the ladies' downhill World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo, rescheduled from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, last season's overall champion Tina Maze tasted victory for the first time this season.

Slovenian Maze clocked 1:37.79 for a fourth podium finish but most importantly her maiden win of Olympic year while Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was 0.27 seconds adrift in second.

Tina Weirather beat Maria Hoefl-Riesch into third by 0.16 but the German double Olympic champion still leads both the overall and downhill World Cup standings.