In St. Anton, Austria, Peter Luescher of Switzerland, the 1979 World Ski Cup champion, captured his first-ever World Cup downhill race against all the established specialists.
Luescher, first on the 3,550-meter long track with its drop of 996 meters, clocked 2 minutes 04.22 seconds to beat teammate Silvano Meli, second in 2:04.82, and Austria's downhill world champion Harti Weirather, third in 2:05.00. Steve Podborski of Canada was fourth in 2:05.08 while U.S. World Cup title-holder Phil Mahre produced his best-ever downhill result, fifth, in 2:05.19 . . .
In Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Switzerland's Maria Walliser scored her second victory of the season and handed the women's World Ski Cup downhill title to compatriot Doris de Agostini. Walliser, 19, clocked 1 minute 19.88 seconds for the 1,965-meter Mount Jahorina course, which had a vertical drop of 547 meters, to edge Austrian Elizabeth Kirchler by just under eight-tenths of a second.
Kirchler, who posted 1:20.67, needed to win both this race and the season-ender at Mount St. Anne, Canada, next month, to stand a chance of equaling Agostini's points total.