Zagreb, Jan 3 (AFP/APP): Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova consolidated her lead atop the overall World Cup standings with victory in the slalom in Zagreb on Sunday, her 11th discipline win on the alpine skiing circuit.
Vlhova timed 1min 59.08sec over the two runs to finish 0.05sec ahead of Austrian Katharina Lineberger, with Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin in third place (+0.22sec).
Three-time overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin, a winner of 67 World Cup races, came in fourth spot, a further 0.05sec adrift.
Vlhova had herself finished a disappointing fourth in the Semering slalom on Tuesday, but she rebounded to claim the “Snow Queen” title traditionally given to winners in Zagreb.
The first run, in warm, wet conditions, proved a challenge for the entire field. The top racers all finished within striking distance with Vlhova holding a 0.32sec advantage over Liensberger, while Gisin sat in third place only 0.38sec back, just ahead of American Shiffrin.
The second run did nothing to change the final results as Vlhova, Liensberger and Gisin all went 1-2-3, with Shiffrin landing just short of the podium. “It was a really hard day for me today,” Vlhova said.
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