February 27, 2016

HINTERSTODER, Austria (AP) Aleksander Aamodt Kilde triumphed in a men's World Cup Super-G on Saturday, giving Norway a record-equaling 18th victory of the season.

Earning his second career win, Kilde timed 1 minute, 29.89 seconds on the Hannes Trinkl course, ahead of Bostjan Kline of Slovenia by 0.24.

Kilde and Kline also came 1-2 in a downhill four weeks ago in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

''I couldn't think this was possible. The season is just incredible. I am very satisfied,'' Kilde said.

Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished 0.35 back in third to increase his lead over his closest competitor, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, to 263 points. Kristoffersen doesn't compete in speed races.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, still leads the Super-G standings, 25 points clear of Kilde. Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria, who finished Saturday's race in fourth, is 92 points back in third with two more events remaining.

In his third full season on the World Cup, Kilde is a strong contender to win the Super-G globe.

''That has to be my goal now. We have just two races left,'' he said.

Svindal took to Twitter to congratulate his teammate, writing ''Aleksander Kilde strikes again!! You're the man. Somehow feeling proud.''

With its 18th win in 34 races, the Norwegian men's team matched the best mark set by Austria and Switzerland. No nation has won more races in a single season.

Kilde said he had no clear explanation for his team's strength.

''It's a good question. I think it's because of our good training and good staff,'' he said.

A giant slalom on the same course is scheduled for Sunday.

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