Alpine Skiing: Hirscher tops standings after Adelboden slalom win

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Alpine Skiing: Hirscher tops standings after Adelboden slalom win

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Marcel Hirscher’s consistent form earned him a double victory on Sunday when he won a slalom race in Adelboden to go top of the overall World Cup standings.

The Swiss resort has proved happy hunting ground for the Austrian two-time defending World Cup champion who had won this race the previous two years also.

The 24-year-old mastered the steep final section of the piste to win in a combined time of one minute and 49.75 seconds.

It was his fourth win of the campaign and eighth podium finish from the 16 races in total this season.

Hirscher now leads Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal by 23 points in the overall classification and also now tops the discipline standings ahead of teammate Mario Matt.

Sweden’s Andre Myhrer was second on the day.

The 2012 slalom World Cup champion missed out on his first win of the season by 0.29 seconds, but it was his best placing of the campaign so far and his 16th career podium finish.

His last victory on the circuit came in his specialist slalom discipline in Levi Finland back in November 2012.

Norwegian Teenager Henrik Kristoffersen took third place a day after almost colliding with a television production worker who strayed on the course during Saturday’s giant slalom.

The 19-year-old junior world champion trailed Hirscher by 0.66 seconds.

The tour stays in Switzerland next weekend but moves to the celebrated resort of Wengen for two downhills, a super combined and slalom.