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Hirscher close to WCup title as Svindal skis out

Hirscher close to overall World Cup title; Svindal skis out in giant slalom led by Neureuther

Hirscher close to WCup title as Svindal skis out

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- Marcel Hirscher is poised to win the overall World Cup title after placing eighth in the first run of a giant slalom as main rival Aksel Lund Svindal skied out.

Hirscher needs just 19 points to secure his third straight overall title, and would get 32 by maintaining eighth place in the second run.

The Austrian racer would also beat American Ted Ligety for the season-long GS title by two points on current positions.

Ligety was second fastest, 0.13 behind Felix Neureuther of Germany's time of 1 minute, 8.09 seconds. Germany's Felix Dopfer was 0.15 back in third.

In a tight race, Hirscher had 0.31 to make up in the afternoon.

Hirscher is also favored to score points in Sunday's season-ending slalom, which Norway's Svindal will skip.

Updated : 2021-04-21 06:20 GMT+08:00