Schild makes it three in a row

Austrian continues her unbeaten run in the World Cup slalom this season with third successive title.

    The Austrian world champion - who has 32 World Cup wins to her name -  set up victory with a strong first leg [EPA]

    Austrian skier Marlies Schild made it three wins from the three World Cup slalom races this season in Flachau on Tuesday.

    The 30-year-old - already a winner in Aspen and Courchevel - recorded her 30th win in the discipline and 32nd overall World Cup success beating German ace Maria Hofl-Riesch by 46 hundreths of a second while Slovenia's Tina Maze was third, 82 hundreths adrift.

    Schild set up her victory with a brilliant first leg where she established a sizeable advantage over Maze with Hofl-Riesch third fastest.

    Her victory places her eighth in the table of overall World Cup wins, someway behind all-time leader fellow Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll, who recorded 62 career wins.

    American superstar Lindsey Vonn, this season's overall World Cup leader, is the most successful skier still competing with 46 wins.

    Vonn never at ease in the slalom finished a creditable eighth to take her total to 554 points in the overall standings in front of Schild, who has 324 points, with German Viktoria Rebensburg, who is not competing here, third on 286 points.

    This slalom replaced the one due to have been raced in the Finnish resort of Levi in November, but which was cancelled due to a lack of snow.

    Wednesday sees the men's slalom which is also a day/night event.

    SOURCE: AFP


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