Eberharter bounces back to win men's Super-G

Sunday, January 27th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) _ World Cup leader Stephan Eberharter of Austria bounced back Sunday to win a super giant slalom for his seventh victory of the season, edging Didier Cuche of Switzerland by .02 seconds before the race was stopped because of rain.

The race was interrupted after 35 starters, and two more later went down the course before the event had to be abandoned. The race jury still decided to let the results stand.

After finishing third in the first of the back-to-back Super-G races Saturday, Eberharter had vowed to come back Sunday and he lived up to his promise.

The Austrian has now won three of the last four speed races. Of the season's four Super-G races so far, he has won three.

Eberharter covered the 2,070-meter long Kandahar course in one minute, 22.11 seconds for his 14th career victory.

Cuche, who was also second Saturday, trailed by more than a half second halfway down the course. But he picked up speed at the bottom and nearly beat Eberharter.

Andreas Schifferer of Austria, fourth on Saturday, improved one place a day later and finished third in 1:22.30.

Fritz Strobl, another Austrian who won Saturday's race, came in fourth in 1:22.38.

There were no downhill races on the famed Kandahar slope this year because the course is under reconstruction to reduce the speed and make it safer.