Kristoffersen pips Hirscher in Schladming

By Peter Thompson 24 January 2017 575
Kristoffersen pips Hirscher in Schladming

Henrik Kristoffersen denied home favourite Marcel Hirscher by a whisker to win the famous Schladming slalom night race on Tuesday.

Hirscher topped the podium in Kitzbuhel on Sunday, but the five-time defending overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup champion agonisingly missed out on another victory by just 0.09 seconds two days later.

Kristoffersen was 0.52secs quicker than the Austrian after the first run after clocking 50.84, but only just sealed a fifth slalom success in eight races this season to briefly quieten a boisterous crowd of around 50,000 before the party continued.

The imperious Hirscher produced a masterclass on his second run to take the lead, but Kristoffersen delivered under pressure to reduce his rival's advantage in the overall slalom standings to 60 points.

Kristoffersen lost his way in the middle section of his second run, but clawed back time further down the slope to make up for the disappointment of failing to finish in Kitzbuhel.

Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov was third after taking the same spot last weekend, while Felix Neureuther crashed out on the second run.

Hirscher now holds an overall lead of 388 points from Kristoffersen.

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