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Dorfmeister battles past teammate to win event

AP , Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy

Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria won a World Cup downhill Sunday, denying teammate Renate Goetschl a fourth consecutive victory on the Olympia delle Tofane course.

Goetschl finished second, still good enough for her to take the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Croatia's Janica Kostelic.

"It's tough to compete against Renate, she's in such great form," Dorfmeister said after her 19th career victory.

Dorfmeister was timed in 1 minute, 36.62 seconds, 0.59 ahead of Goetschl. Germany's Hilde Gerg was third, 0.78 behind.

Kostelic came fourth and defending overall champion Anja Paerson of Sweden fifth for her best downhill result since she began competing in the event last season.

Goetschl leads the standings with 798 points.

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