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Hirscher wins third straight Zagreb slalom


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Hirscher wins third straight Zagreb slalom

Marcel Hirscher enjoyed a double success on Tuesday night after his slalom victory in Zagreb sent the Austrian to the top of the overall world cup standings.

The reigning three-time overall and two-time slalom champion was fastest in the first leg of the night race opening up a commanding lead over his rivals.

He then held on to that lead to celebrate his 28th world cup victory.

It was also the third time in a row he has won the Zagreb stop of the tour.

Felix Neureuther managed the icy Crveni Spust course well to finish second for his fourth podium finish in the slalom this season.

The German who won in Madonna di Campiglio on December 22 was eight tenths of a second behind Hirscher.

Neureuther however remains at the top of the discipline standings just ahead of Hirscher in second.

Rounding off the podium with a surprise third place was Sebastian-Foss Solevaag.

The 23-year-old Norwegian was just over a second behind for his first career world cup podium.

His previous best was a ninth placed finish in the Levi slalom in Finland in November 2013.

Kraft soars to Four Hills triumph

Elsewhere in the world of winter sports Stefan Kraft continued Austria’s dominance of the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping tournament.

The 21-year-old finished third in the fourth and final event in Bischofshofen.

But that result was enough to see him crowned Four hills champion after winning the opener in Oberstdorf.

Austrian ski jumpers have now won this event for the past seven years.

Compatriot Michael Hayboeck won the Bischofshofen stop which placed him second overall ahead of third-placed Slovenian Peter Prevc who was fourth on the final day.

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