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Alpine skiing - Hirscher destroys field to win again in Alta Badia

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Alpine skiing - Hirscher destroys field to win again in Alta Badia

Alpine skiing - Hirscher destroys field to win again in Alta Badia
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ALTA BADIA, Italy (Reuters) - Austrian Marcel Hirscher destroyed the field to win the giant slalom by a massive 1.7 seconds at Alta Badia on Sunday - the fifth year in a row he has won the race at the Italian resort.

The win also put Hirscher back on course for a record-extending seventh successive overall World Cup title despite suffering a broken ankle in a training run in August.

Hirscher's third World Cup race win of the season, and the 48th of his career, put him level on 374 points at the top of the overall standings with Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, winner of the downhill at Val Gardena on Saturday.

The other skiers could only stand back and admire as the dominant Hirscher was fastest over both legs, finishing with a total time of two minutes 25.42 seconds.

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen was second, 1.7 seconds behind, and Slovenian Zan Kranjec a surprise third.

Despite his dominance of the World Cup, Hirscher has never won an Olympic gold medal - something he has a chance to change in Pyeongchang in February.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Bern, editing by Ed Osmond)

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