Alpine Skiing: Hirscher Claims First Giant Slalom Title

Alpine skiing: Hirscher claims first giant slalom title

st. moritz, switzerland, , (pakistan point news - 17th feb, 2017 ) - austrian marcel hirscher kept his nerve in deteriorating conditions to win his first world giant slalom title on friday after two previous silvers. hirscher, on track for a sixth consecutive world cup overall crystal globe and silver medallist in last week's alpine combined in st moritz, clocked a total time of 2min 13.31sec, with snow flurries and cloud hampering the second run.

hirscher's unheralded teammate roland leitinger, whose previous best world cup finish was a sixth place in the soleden giant slalom in 2015, claimed silver, 0.25sec adrift. leif kristian haugen of norway usurped favoured teammate henrik kristoffersen by five-hundredths of a second to take bronze, at 0.71sec. reigning three-time champion ted ligety, behind whom hirscher won silvers in 2015 in beaver creek/vail and 2013 in schladming, was unable to defend his title, the american having undergone surgery on a back injury.