Skiing: Tomba's camera trouble

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ALBERTO TOMBA raged at a British television cameraman in Val D'Isere yesterday, claiming he distracted him during a World Cup slalom. Tomba finished seventh, his worst placing for six years in a slalom he has finished.

When he crossed the line, he shouted: 'It's impossible to race like this. He made me lose all my concentration.' The subject of his fury was Stuart Fitzsimmons, a former member of the British World Cup downhill team.

Tomba stormed out of the finish area, mouthing threats against Fitzsimmons. The World Cup organisers said Fitzsimmons had broken competition rules by following Tomba down part of the course while filming.

They said he had no accreditation for the race. No one was authorised to follow skiers on the course, they said, and Fitzsimmons would be banned from future races.

Tomas Fogdoe, the 22-year-old Swede who was only 12th after the first run, made a brilliant second- leg charge to win.

Jan Einar Thorsen won Saturday's super-giant slalom in Val d'Isere.

Anita Wachter, of Austria, skied swiftly through a snowstorm on the second run to win the World Cup women's giant slalom in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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