Hirscher completes rare double with slalom success

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Marcel Hirscher emulated Alberto Tomba on Sunday by adding gold in the slalom to his earlier giant slalom victory at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Hirscher, who beat Roland Leitinger in the giant slalom in St Moritz on Friday, backed that up by topping the time sheets in the slalom, claiming first place with a combined result of one minute, 34.75 seconds, ahead of fellow Austrian Manuel Feller, who was 0.68secs back in second place.

German Felix Neureuther (1:35.68) had to settle for bronze, as Hirscher matched the 1996 achievement of Italian Tomba.

A rapid first run of 46.43secs put the 27-year-old in control, while only two members of the field could better his solid second effort of 48.32secs.

Hirscher, who became the first man in FIS history to win at least three medals at three different events, having also enjoyed podium trebles at Schladming in 2013 and Beaver Creek two years later, succinctly summed up his success with a social media post that read: "Simply amazing!"

 

Simply amazing! #worldchampion #secondgoldmedal #congrats @manuel.feller.official & @felix_neureuther #89 #weareskiing #verleihtflügel #IWILL #championstrainwithtechnogym #startenstattwarten #austriaskiteammen

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This is @manuel.feller.official #stmoritz #worldchampion #viceworldchampion #austriaskiteammen #weareskiing

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Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen (1:35.79) was fourth.