Anja Pärson races past favourites

Anja Pärson races past favourites
Anja Pärson of Sweden stunned the pre-race favourites to claim victory in the women's downhill in Saint Moritz on Saturday, her first World Cup win of the season.

Pärson, who claimed her last downhill success at the end of the 2006 season in Are, Sweden, pipped American Lindsey Vonn by just 0.08secs.

Germany’s Maria Riesch took third place after finishing 0.33sec behind Paerson.

Pärson is the current world champion in downhill, super-G and super-combined but despite a hugely successful campaign at the championships in Åre, Sweden earlier this year she had struggled with form on the World Cup circuit.

This season she finished way off the podium in this season’s two previous downhill races, claiming 18th place at Aspen, Colorado last week and seventh at Lake Louise, Canada a fortnight ago.