Fuchs, Francon win snowboard events

Updated: January 5, 2006, 2:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Mario Fuchs of Austria and Mellie Francon of Switzerland won the snowboard events at a World Cup meet on Thursday.

The pair narrowly prevented Canadians Drew Neilson and Dominique Maltais from posting their second win in as many days.

Neilson cruised to the final run, but Fuchs -- third the previous day -- kept home fans happy by fighting off the Canadian for his first career World Cup win.

Neilson was second and another Canadian, Tom Velisek, was third.

Frenchman Xavier Delerue held his lead in the overall standings with 3,340 points. Neilson is second with 3,178 points, followed by countryman Jasey Jay Anderson with 2,900.

In the women's race, Maltais had to settle for second, but took the lead in the overall standings with 3,240 points.

Teammate Maelle Ricker is second overall with 3,110 points, followed by Doresia Krings of Austria with 2,970.

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