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Austrian wraps up third FIS World Cup title in space of two Slovenian days.
Austrian Michael Matt won the Kranjska Gora slalom on Sunday, however his compatriot Marcel Hirscher sealed the FIS World Cup slalom title after finishing fourth.
Hirscher had already wrapped up his sixth consecutive FIS World Cup overall title and fourth giant slalom title with victory in Saturday’s GS.
Italian Stefano Gross led after the first slalom run, but Matt held his nerve to edge him out for his first FIS World Cup slalom victory with fast-charging German Felix Neureuther earning a deserved third place.
Gross was head and shoulders above the rest of the field after the first run, thanks to a superb time of 54.26s.
The second run, though, was an altogether different proposition as the course began to carve up into something akin to a bobsleigh run.
Italian veteran Patrick Thaler looked on course for a shock podium after he produced an extraordinary second run with 19 skiers failing to overhaul him.
Sadly for him, Swede Andre Myhrer finally beat his time with Hirscher, Neureuther, Gross and Matt all finishing inside it too.
2017 FIS World Cup alpine combined champion Alexis Pinturault could only finish down in 25th place ahead of the last season #event in Aspen.
Earlier on Saturday, Hirscher destroyed the field to win his sixth consecutive overall FIS World Cup title and fourth giant slalom title at Kranjska Gora.
The Austrian stormed down the first giant slalom run in a superb time of 1:11.63 to open up a +0.96s lead over great rival Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway.
The weather conditions were very hard for the skiers heading into the climactic second run with clouds and rain rolling in across the mountain.
Norwegian Leif Kristian Haugen pulled out an excellent second run to take the lead from Sweden’s Matts Olsson and Austrian Manuel Feller with the final five facing their decisive run.
Neureuther could not make a dent in Haugen’s lead, Muffat-Jeandet having to wait while the officials interrupted to monitor the worsening weather.
The Frenchman was way down to slip out of contention with the TV cameras losing sight of Murisier as he also failed to trouble the podium.
Kristoffersen was also victim to the heavy cloud cover to finish down the standings, leaving Hirscher to claim the win by 0.46s from Haugen in second and Olsson.
Afterwards he said, “Conditions were definitely not easy. Good to have this race in the books, but it was a pretty hard and rough fight in this second run.
“You try your best as every athlete does. It is not easy with a lot of waiting with this bad visibility.
“I am super, super happy to win the crystal globe in GS and, overall, that is not too bad actually!”
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