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Hirscher, Deville lead 1st run of World Cup slalom

Hirscher, Deville lead 1st run of World Cup slalom

Marcel Hirscher shared the lead in a World Cup slalom on Sunday as the overall standings leader from Austria chased a third win in four days.
Hirscher and Cristian Deville of Italy both timed 58.69 seconds in the first run on the tricky Kuonisbaergli course. Mario Matt of Austria was 0.07 seconds back in third.
"It was OK. I had some mistakes but it's really difficult up there," Hirscher said. "It's icy and then down here the snow is very different."
Hirscher has a perfect record in 2012, winning Thursday's night slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, and the classic Adelboden giant slalom on Saturday. Both times he was fastest in the first run.
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who leads the World Cup slalom standings and won this race last year, trailed the leaders by 0.26 in fourth.
Nolan Kasper of the United States was ninth with 1.31 to make up in the second run, and teammate Will Brandenburg placed 17th, 2.15 back.
Ted Ligety was 2.45 back in 21st place, with the American battling Kostelic to take second place in the overall points race behind Hirscher.
"I skied pretty bad the whole way and never found a rhythm," said Ligety, who placed fourth Saturday in his specialist GS event that he leads. "It's a tough schedule coming straight here from Zagreb without the chance to get some training in."
Early starters had the best conditions as steadily falling snow and gusting winds made racing difficult.
American Bode Miller, who won the Adelboden slalom in 2002, skied out on the steep final section.
High-ranked racers who failed to get down included Andre Myhrer of Sweden, 2009 winner Reinfried Herbst and Austrian teammate Manfred Pranger, the 2009 world champion in slalom.
Pranger was launched out of a turn and lifted off his feet when crashing near the spot where Miller went out.


Updated : 2021-07-30 01:40 GMT+08:00