KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) -- Mattias Hargin of Sweden posted the fastest time in the opening run of a men's World Cup slalom on Sunday, while favorites Felix Neureuther and Marcel Hirscher finished far off the lead.
Hargin clocked 50.21 seconds to lead 2010 Olympic champion Giuliano Razzoli of Italy by 0.19 seconds and junior world champion Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway by 0.30.
Neureuther, who tops the discipline standings, had no apparent mistakes but came 1.29 behind in ninth, while Hirscher only just avoided skiing out before finishing 2.01 back in 19th.
Neureuhther leads Hirscher by 66 points and the German could wrap up the season's discipline title if he earns at least 35 points more than the Austrian.
It's the final race before the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, start on Wednesday.