WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) – Marcel Hirscher is unbeatable in slalom proper now, and his World Cup win Sunday lastly gave him victory at Wengen.
The Austrian star prolonged his first-run result in end zero.93 forward of Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway in a well-recognized runner-up spot. Andre Myhrer of Sweden was third, 1.72 again.
Hirscher’s domination was so full he additionally had the quickest time within the second run, zero.34 faster than Kristoffersen, by attacking his rival’s goal reasonably than defending his lead.
“I’ve been on the boundaries, particularly on the steep half, so all people is beatable,” Hirscher stated.
Hirscher’s fifth straight success in slalom was the 53rd World Cup win of his profession but a primary on the storied Swiss course the place he’s a three-time runner-up.
“It is one thing large for me. This was the final basic race on the calendar that I have not gained till as we speak,” the reigning slalom world champion stated.
Incomes 100 World Cup factors, Hirscher stretched his lead over second-placed Kristoffersen in each the general and slalom season-long standings. Hirscher is the six-time defending total champion.
But once more at a post-race information convention, Kristoffersen was requested how it’s attainable to beat Hirscher on present type.
“He’s simply higher, that is the way in which it’s,” stated the 24-year-old Norwegian, who has seven runner-up finishes this season with no win. “I’ll by no means quit, that is for positive.”
Hirscher is third on the boys’s all-time World Cup wins record and will likely be favored to match the 54-win complete of Austrian nice Hermann Maier subsequent weekend. Appropriately, the World Cup circuit now strikes to celebrated Austrian venue Kitzbuehel.
At age 28, Hirscher would want a number of extra years of constant profitable to catch the 86 wins of Ingemar Stenmark, the Swedish nice who raced slalom and big slalom within the 1970s and 80s.
Stenmark gained Olympic gold medals in each technical races on the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, and Hirscher shapes as favourite to repeat the feat subsequent month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Within the 2014 Sochi Olympic slalom, Hirscher and Kristoffersen took silver and bronze, respectively, behind the now-retired Mario Matt of Austria.
“Proper now, Marcel is in a league of his personal,” stated Myhrer, the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist.
In a World Cup comeback after three years out injured, Nolan Kasper of the USA positioned 20th.
The 28-year-old Kasper’s return could possibly be in time to earn a 3rd Olympic choice. He positioned 13th and 24th within the earlier two Olympic slaloms.
Kasper was joined within the prime 20 Sunday by one other racer sporting a beginning bib quantity within the 50s. Ryunosuke Ohkoshi of Japan was 19th, four.94 behind the winner.
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