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Super-combined title for Janka as Baumann wins

ROMED Baumann of Austria won the final men's World Cup super-combined race of the season on Sunday, and Carlo Janka of Switzerland earned the discipline's crystal globe.

Baumann, who led after the opening super-G leg, posted the 16th-fastest time in slalom to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 25.73 seconds in Sestriere, Italy, for his first career victory. Julien Lizeroux of France was second, 0.32 behind, and Janka and Christof Innerhofer of Italy shared third, 0.68 back.

"I never really focused on winning a World Cup discipline but it's great to take a crystal globe home," said the 22-year-old Janka, who won a super-combi in his native Wengen in January and became giant slalom world champion earlier this month. "I wasn't nervous before my slalom today, I just wanted to put in a clean run."

Janka overtook Swiss teammate Silvan Zurbriggen, who finished 1.47 seconds back in 10th, on top of the final standings after four events.

Janka has 242 points, 11 more than Zurbriggen.

Defending overall champion Bode Miller won the super-combined title last year, but skipped the races in Sestriere for a midseason break back home in the United States after failing to win a medal at the worlds in Val d'Isere, France.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished seventh to stay at the top of the overall standings with 802 points. Grange climbed to second and has 771 points, followed by Benjamin Raich of Austria, who was ninth on Sunday, with 769.


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