Skiing: Hirscher clinches World Cup slalom title

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic won a World Cup slalom race here on Sunday, with Marcel Hirscher of Austria finishing second to clinch the season's crystal globe in the discipline.

France's Alexis Pinturault went fastest by a good margin on the first run, but he skied out on the second with victory in his sights, clearing the way for the veteran Kostelic to win a World Cup slalom for the first time since he triumphed at Wengen in January, 2012.

Hirscher was a disappointing eighth after the first run, but hit back with a near-perfect second run that brought him to within 00.19 secs of winning.

As it turned out he was already assured of winning the crystal globe as his nearest challenger and the only man who could have overtaken him - Germany's Felix Neureuther - failed to complete the first leg.