Alpine skiing: Slovenian Maze wins World Cup overall title

Slovenia's Tina Maze claimed the women's overall World Cup title on Sunday after victory in the super-combined here left her with an unassailable lead atop the standings with nine events still to race.

The 29-year-old has now amassed 1,844 points, meaning she cannot be caught by her closest rival, Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who has 886 points.

Hoefl-Riesch fell in the slalom section of the super-combined, in which Maze posted an aggregate time of 1min 59.54sec.

Austrian duo Nicole Hosp and Michaela Kirchgasser were in second and third at 0.82 and 0.90sec respectively.

Maze, who recently won super-G gold and two silvers (super-combined, giant slalom) at the world championships in Schladming, succeeds American Lindsey Vonn as holder of the international ski circuit's most prestigious crystal globe.

The Slovenian's victory on Sunday was her eighth of a startling season and the 19th of her career. She has so far finished 18 times on the podium this season, her consistency across all disciplines setting her apart from her rivals.

Maze now seems set on beating the mythical 2,000-point mark in the overall standings, only once beaten, by Austrian legend Hermann Maier in the 1999-2000 season.