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Alpine skiing: Hirscher grabs second globe with dramatic slalom win

Austrian Marcel Hirscher added the men's World Cup slalom crystal globe to his overall title with victory in the final technical race of the season at the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide on Sunday. Hirscher, quickest on the first leg, clocked a combined 2min 07.74sec, handing him a 0.76sec advantage over second-placed Felix Neureuther. The German had been leading the race for the slalom globe by five points, but saw Hirscher leapfrog him to top the standings with 565 points to Neureuther's 550. lp/ps

Alpine skiing: Hirscher grabs second globe with dramatic slalom win

Austrian Marcel Hirscher added the men's World Cup slalom crystal globe to his overall title with victory in the final technical race of the season at the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide on Sunday. Hirscher, quickest on the first leg, clocked a combined 2min 07.74sec, handing him a 0.76sec advantage over second-placed Felix Neureuther. The German had been leading the race for the slalom globe by five points, but saw Hirscher leapfrog him to top the standings with 565 points to Neureuther's 550.

Alpine Skiing: Hirscher pips Svindal to World Cup crown

Austria's Marcel Hirscher has won the overall World Cup title for the third year in succession after coming fourth in Saturday's giant slalom at Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The Olympic slalom silver medallist Hirscher took advantage of a disastrous day for Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, who pulled out in the first leg of the race and withdrew from Sunday's season-ending slalom at the same venue to end his hopes of taking the title. The race itself was won by Ted Ligety of the United States, who beat Hirscher to the giant slalom World Cup title in the process.

Alpine skiing: Matt fastest in first slalom run

Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria was fastest over the first leg of Sunday's slalom World Cup race in Kranjska Gora. Matt timed 52.89sec for a slender advantage over Germany's Felix Neureuther and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, who were 0.05 and 0.3sec slower respectively. Another Austrian, Marcel Hirscher, in the running for the overall World Cup title, was sixth fastest, 0.56sec behind Matt. The second leg is scheduled for 1130 GMT. sgl/ps

Matt puts gloss on Austrian dominance

By Mark Trevelyan ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Mario Matt rolled back the years and Marcel Hirscher made a 'nearly impossible' surge from ninth place to second in the men's slalom on Saturday as Austria's skiers ended the Sochi Olympics where they began - on top of the podium. Nearly two weeks after Matthias Mayer's surprise win in the men's downhill, 34-year-old "Super Mario" delivered an even bigger shock by taking gold in the slalom, the same discipline in which he won world titles as far back as 2001 and 2007.

Alpine skiing: Veteran Matt wins Olympic gold in slalom

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Austria's Mario Matt became the oldest winner of an Olympic Alpine skiing gold medal on Saturday when he edged out team mate Marcel Hirscher in a thrilling slalom at the Sochi Games. The 34-year-old held his nerve to win by 0.28 seconds over two legs down a Rosa Khutor course that proved too difficult for many of the medal contenders.

Olympics: Austrian veteran Mario Matt wins men's slalom gold

Austrian veteran Mario Matt caused a sensation on Saturday, winning the men's slalom and taking his first Olympic medal at the age of 34 in front of favourite Marcel Hirscher. Matt, a two-time slalom world champion, proved unbeatable over two runs, finishing with a combined time of 1min 41.84sec to close the alpine skiing competitions at the Sochi Games. His compatriot Hirscher, the reigning world champion, finished second at 0.28sec, which young Norwegian sensation Henrik Kristoffersen taking bronze at 0.83sec. ssw/dj

Alpine skiing: Austria's Matt wins men's slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Austria's Mario Matt won the Olympic men's slalom gold medal on Saturday in a combined time of one minute 41.84 seconds. Team mate Marcel Hirscher was second, 0.28 seconds back, with the bronze medal going to Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Peter Rutherford)

Olympics: Hirscher struggles in slalom, third doping case hits Sochi

Marcel Hirscher was struggling to add Olympic slalom gold to his world title Saturday while the penultimate day of the Sochi Games witnessed a third positive dope test. Hirscher, 24, a two-time overall World Cup winner, was down in ninth place after the first run with compatriot and two-time world champion Mario Matt in the lead ahead of the floodlit second leg. The 34-year-old Matt crossed the finish line with a time of 46.70sec, ahead of Sweden's slalom bronze medallist from Vancouver, Andre Myhrer, at 0.45sec.

Olympics: Hirscher struggles in slalom, third doping case hits Sochi

Marcel Hirscher was struggling to add Olympic slalom gold to his world title Saturday while the penultimate day of the Sochi Games witnessed a third positive dope test. Hirscher, 24, a two-time overall World Cup winner, was down in ninth place after the first run with compatriot and two-time world champion Mario Matt in the lead ahead of the floodlit second leg. The 34-year-old Matt crossed the finish line with a time of 46.70sec, ahead of Sweden's slalom bronze medallist from Vancouver, Andre Myhrer, at 0.45sec.
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