ZAGREB (Reuters) – Marcel Hirscher loved a milestone 50th alpine snowboarding World Cup victory after profitable an exhilarating males’s slalom forward of fellow Austrian Michael Matt and Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen in Croatia’s capital on Thursday.
Hirscher, who’s aiming for a seventh successive World Cup title, prolonged his lead within the total standings to 674 factors, whereas he’s additionally within the slalom’s driving seat on 354 factors.
Matt, the youthful brother of Austria’s former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Mario Matt, got here near snatching his second World Cup win after topping the opening leg zero.21 seconds forward of second-placed Hirscher.
With the delicate course on Mt Sljeme’s synthetic snow quickly deteriorating all through the second leg when the highest 30 skiers began in reverse order, the front-runners confirmed their class amid a dramatic climax.
Kristoffersen, third after the opening leg, held on to remain in pole place forward of Manuel Feller however might solely watch helplessly as his nice rival Hirscher did simply sufficient to assert the lead by zero.11 seconds.
Matt appeared set handy Hirscher a uncommon defeat after charging forward by half a second on the intermediate level of the second leg, however holes within the decrease part did the harm as he crossed the end line zero.05 seconds behind Hirscher.
Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt