Norway's Svindal wins Olympic men's downhill

'Attacking Viking' Aksel Lund Svindal claimed gold in the blue riband event of the Olympic alpine skiing programme, the men's downhill, on Thursday in a thrilling Norwegian one-two.

 

Svindal, 35 and coming to the end of a stellar career, clocked 1min 40.25sec down the 3km-long Jeongseon course to hand Norway its first ever Olympic downhill gold.

The Norwegian colossus' teammate Kjetil Jansrud claimed silver at 0.12sec, with Switzerland's defending world champion Beat Feuz taking bronze (+0.18).