Alpine Skiing - Alpine skiing-Neureuther emulates father with Wengen slalom win

By Manuele Lang


WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Germany's Felix Neureuther won the classic Wengen World Cup slalom on Sunday, 39 years on from his father Christian's last victory there.

Winner of the men's parallel event at home in Munich on New Year's Day, Neureuther skied a near-perfect second run to beat favourite and first leg winner Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.21 seconds.

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic, a four times winner of the slalom in the Swiss resort, was third and 0.25 behind Neureuther's winning combined time of one minute and 50.53 seconds. It was his 12th podium in Wengen.

The win was the fourth in the World Cup for 28-year-old Neureuther, the son of German slalom specialists Christian and Rosi Mittermaier.

Christian Neureuther won six World Cup slaloms in his career, including Wengen twice in 1973 and 1974.

Thanks to his second place, World Cup holder Hirscher increased his lead in the overall standings to 188 points over Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.

The men's circuit moves to Kitzbuehel next weekend for a Super-G, a downhill, a slalom and a super-combined. (Reporting by Manuele Lang, editing by Alan Baldwin)

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