Hirscher wins Bansko slalom
Sun, 19 Feb 12:28:00 2012
Austrian Marcel Hirscher completed a Bulgarian double by winning the World Cup slalom in Bansko the day after he dominated a giant slalom.
In a combined time of one minute and 52.64 seconds, the 22-year-old won his eighth victory and his second double of the season, after Adelboden last month, to strengthen his overall position.
Hirscher is now only 18 points behind injured Croatian Ivica Kostelic in the overall World Cup standings and a parallel slalom in Moscow on Tuesday evening could help him take the lead.
Fastest in the morning run, the skier from Annaberg did not falter in the afternoon and beat veteran compatriot Mario Matt by 0.16 seconds.
Matt, who had won Bansko's inaugural slalom a year ago, was subsequently disqualified which left Sweden's Andre Myhrer in second place and Italy's Stefano Gross in third.
Hirscher also progressed in the slalom World Cup standings, trailing Kostelic by only 35 points in the discipline.
The Croat, who underwent knee surgery last Monday, is not expected back in action before March 10 for two technical races in the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora.
Hirscher wins in Bansko