Kristoffersen wraps up slalom success as Hirscher wins again


Henrik Kristoffersen secured a first crystal globe in the men's slalom as he finished second to overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher in Sunday's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup race at Kranjska Gora.

A superb first run helped Hirscher to his second successive victory in the discipline - the Austrian finishing 0.81 seconds clear of Kristoffersen with a combined time of one minute and 46.24 seconds.

However, Kristoffersen's runner-up finish means he will enter the final slalom of the season, at St Moritz in a fortnight, holding an unassailable 111-point lead over Hirscher.

Although he has been beaten in the last three races in the discipline, Kristoffersen has done enough to retain a commanding lead after claiming victories in six of the first seven meetings.

Hirscher, meanwhile, now sits 353 points clear of Kristoffersen in the overall standings and is firmly on course to retain a crown he has held since 2012. His latest victory came 24 hours after he secured the giant slalom crystal globe with victory at the same venue.

Sunday's race saw Reinfried Herbst - the slalom champion in 2010 and an Olympic silver medalist in the discipline four years earlier - compete in his final World Cup race, although he failed to qualify for the second run.