Germans dominate World Cup Slalom

Felix Neureuther of Germany finishes just ahead of compatriot Fritz Dopfer to claim the gold medal in Slovenia.

    Neureuther performed poorly in Sochi, taking eighth in the giant slalom and failing to finish his second slalom [AFP]
    Neureuther performed poorly in Sochi, taking eighth in the giant slalom and failing to finish his second slalom [AFP]

    Felix Neureuther put a forgettable Olympics behind him to beat Fritz Dopfer for a German one-two finish at the men's World Cup slalom, while Marcel Hirscher finished fifth to take the lead in the overall standings.

    The German winner finished in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 45.50 seconds to lead Dopfer by 0.59 seconds and Norwegian teenager Henrik Kristoffersen took third, 0.79 seconds back.

    Hirscher came 0.95 seconds behind Neureuther and lost his lead in the discipline standings to the German.

    Neureuther, 29, got into a car accident on his way to a Munich airport to fly to the Sochi Olympics and performed poorly there, taking eighth in the giant slalom and failing to finish his second slalom run.

    Matt crashes out

    “The last weeks were really so hard for me with my car accident and then the Olympics and everything,” Neureuther said.

    “Winning after such a tough time for me out here is really something. It’s really amazing.” 

    Hirscher has 465 points, just five behind Neureuther on 470 with one slalom remaining.

    Two-time defending champion Hirscher went top of the overall standings with 1,050 points, edging Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal and setting up a tense conclusion to the season at next week's World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

    Austrian Olympic champion Mario Matt led after the first run but straddled a gate near the finish in his second run and fell across the line.

     

     

    SOURCE: AP


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