Shiffrin peerless as she equals record in St Moritz slalom

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Mikaela Shiffrin became only the second woman to win three successive slalom titles at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships as she cruised to victory in St Moritz on Saturday.

Shiffrin has become dominant force in slalom skiing since winning her first gold in 2013 and now joins Christel Cranz - winner in 1937, 1938 and 1939 - by claiming a third in succession.

The American produced a faultless second run to finish 1.64 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener, who had pushed hard to add to her Alpine combined gold on home snow.

There was heartbreak for Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, who was on course to become Slovakia's first medallist - male or female - in an individual Alpine skiing event after ranking third on her opening run.

The team silver medallist straddled a gate on her final run to agonisingly miss out on a piece of national history, with compatriot Petra Vlhova - fourth after the first run - finishing one place outside the medals.

Third place went to Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, who climbed from fifth after her first run to finish 1.75 seconds adrift of runaway winner Shiffrin.

Hansdotter won bronze in this event in 2013, before claiming silver two years later.

But the day belonged to Shiffrin, who becomes only the third American to win more than two gold medals at the World Championships, joining Ted Ligety (5) and Bode Miller (4).