Sochi 2014: Sandro Viletta takes surprise super combined gold

By Rob HodgettsBBC Sport in Sochi

Switzerland's Sandro Viletta stormed to a surprise Olympic gold with victory in the men's super combined in Sochi.

Viletta was 14th after the downhill but skied a superb slalom to beat Croatia's Ivica Kostelic by 0.34 seconds, with Italy's Christof Innerhofer third.

Defending champion Bode Miller finished 1.4 secs back in sixth as his search for a sixth Olympic medal continued.

Miller's fellow American Ted Ligety, the World Cup super-combined leader, struggled to 12th, 2.19 seconds back.

Viletta was 14th in the super-combined in Vancouver and had one World Cup victory to his name, in super-G.

"This is amazing, it's perfect, it's more than a dream come true," the 28-year-old said. "It's also a big shock. I didn't think I would come first. I'm so happy."

Viletta, competing in his second Olympics, had a deficit of 1.64 seconds to make up on downhill winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and recorded the second fastest slalom time to go top.

He watched anxiously at the bottom as a host of more illustrious names failed to beat his combined time of two minutes 45.20.

Veteran Kostelic won silver in both the super-combined and slalom at Vancouver four years ago, but the 34-year-old, whose father Ante set the slalom course as Croatia's head coach, could not overhaul the deficit after finishing seventh in the downhill.

Innerfhofer, who was second behind Matthias Mayer in the individual downhill, equalled Kostelic's third-fastest slalom time to finish 0.47 secs adrift, while downhill bronze medallist Jansrud, going last of the top 30, slipped to fourth.

Miller had another disappointing downhill after coming eighth in the main downhill event and was in 12th place, 1.43 secs back going into the slalom.

Ligety was 18th after the downhill with 1.93 seconds to make up and, despite the eighth-best slalom time, he was unable to add to his combined gold from Turin in 2006.

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