Alpine skiing: Hirscher grabs second globe with dramatic slalom win

Alpine skiing: Hirscher grabs second globe with dramatic slalom win

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland - 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.

Hirscher, who won Olympic silver at the Sochi Games, rode the pressure of the second run to perfection.

Starting with just a 0.06sec lead on Neureuther, Hirscher battled through the sluggish upper section and at the third split had lost his advantage, but then put together a rhythmic bottom half to well-and-truly nail victory by a massive margin.

Hirscher's older teammate, Mario Matt, the surprise Olympic slalom champion, completed the podium, for which his 60 points saw him rise to sixth in the slalom standings with 310pts behind the first two here, Norwegian teenager Henrik Kristoffersen (454), Italian Patrick Thaler (351) and Sweden's Mattias Hargin (349).

Hirscher won the overall World Cup title for the third year in succession after coming fourth in Saturday's giant slalom.

The 25-year-old had taken advantage of a disastrous day for Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, who pulled out in the first leg of the race and withdrew from the season-ending slalom to end his hopes of taking the title.

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