Hirscher climbs above Kristoffersen in overall standings

Marcel Hirscher claimed his second successive slalom victory to move ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen at the top of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall standings on Friday.

Having won in Val d'Isere earlier this month, Hirscher edged Luca Aerni by four hundredths of a second in Madonna di Campiglio, with Kristoffersen forced to settle for third.

The victory earned the Austrian 100 points - 40 more than his Norwegian rival - and now sits 29 clear of Kristoffersen at the summit of the overall standings.

Kristoffersen does, however, still boasts a six-point lead in the race for the slalom title, with the next installment of that particular battle set for January 4 in Zagreb.

Hirscher was quickest on the first run but was put under pressure by improved second efforts from Aerni, Kristoffersen and Daniel Yule.

However, that first-run advantage - combined with a time of 51.33 seconds on his second - was enough to just clinch the win ahead of Aerni, whose lead over Kirstofferson was even tighter at 0.01 seconds.

Yule was a further 0.02 seconds back in fourth.

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