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Hirscher defends World Cup title in giant slalom


Hirscher defends World Cup title in giant slalom

Marcel Hirscher kept his composure to claim the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora on Saturday.

The Austrian looked in great shape and held on to his first-run lead to finish 0.53 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, clinching the title in the discipline while moving closer to an unprecedented fifth straight overall World Cup win.

Hirscher’s overall time of 1 minute and 13.92 seconds was enough to beat in-form Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, with Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen completing the podium, 1.59 seconds adrift.

Hirscher now leads Kristoffersen by 333 points in the overall standings with just seven races to go. That margin means he is all but guaranteed to win the overall crystal globe as his Norwegian rival specialises only in the technical events.