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Vonn beats best friend Riesch

American starlet Lindsey Vonn on Friday showed her form in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ahead of the world championships by consolidating her World Cup rankings lead with success in the women's slalom.

Vonn beats best friend Riesch
Photo: DPA

Vonn made it 17 wins on the circuit after posting her fourth success of the current campaign, seeing off Germany’s Maria Riesch by 0.9sec and Slovenia’s Marusa Ferk by 1.16sec. And the American was delighted to step onto the podium alongside locally-born best friend Riesch.

“It was a great day for us both, I am just as happy for Maria,” said Vonn. “I am really, really happy with this result, I am so pleased I was able to be on the podium, especially in Garmisch. I had two good runs, the second one I was really able to attack. I have always said Maria would be really strong and she skies all five

disciplines really well.”

The victory was a confidence booster for Vonn before the World Championships begin in Val D’Isere, France, next Tuesday and leaves Vonn on 1014 points, 124 clear of second-placed Riesch.

Only Saturday’s Super-G here remains for the women before the world champs

begin. But local-girl Riesch was delighted to be on the World Cup podium for the

first time in her home town.

“To stand here on the podium is a dream come true for me,” said the smiling 24-year-old. “There was a lot of expectation on me, but I am so pleased.”

And her coach Mathias Berthold praised “the very good performance.”

“But Lindsey was already very far away, we will have to work hard before

the world championships next week.”

For Slovenia’s Ferk, it was her first time on the podium and the 20-year-old was delighted with her finish.

“My best result before today had been 15th, so this was a really big step for me. My expectations ahead of the World Championships are now much higher and I am aiming to improve on my previous placing of 26th at the last champs.”

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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