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Alpine skiing: Ski queen Maze claims slalom win

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Overall World Cup winner Tina Maze claimed her tenth victory of the season in Sunday's slalom with Swiss Wendy Holden second and Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States third.

Slovenia's Maze was the fastest over the two runs with a winning time of 1min 52.85sec with Holden at 0.25sec back and 17-year-old Shiffrin, the world slalom champion, at 0.75sec off the pace.

Olympic slalom champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany failed to finish her fourth consecutive slalom after missing a gate on her first run.

This was Maze's 22nd podium placing of the season and saw her take over from Shiffrin at the top of the slalom ranking table and the Slovenian has seven more points with one race left.

This was Maze's second slalom victory of the season after winning in Maribor, Slovenia in January and she is only the third woman to have won in all five alpine disciplines in a single season.

With US ski starlet Lindsey Vonn out injured, Maze, 29, now has a record 2254 World Cup points this season, having already broken Hermann Maier's 13-year-old record of 2000 which the Austrian set in 2000.

The season concludes with the World Cup finale in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which starts Wednesday, and Maze is hoping to finish with six titles having had her overall World Cup win confirmed in Meribel, France a fortnight ago.

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