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Linus Strasser and Mikaela Shiffrin take City Event victories in Stockholm

Strasser and Shiffrin take City Event victories in Stockholm
By Sportsbeat

31/01/2017 at 19:49Updated 31/01/2017 at 22:12

Linus Strasser won his first World Cup event by taking gold at the Stockholm parallel slalom City Event, while Mikaela Shiffrin took her 28th World Cup career victory in the women's event.

The 24-year-old German beat France's Alexis Pinturault in the big final after Henrik Kristoffersen, Stefano Gross and Mattias Hargin were beaten on the way to the showpiece finale.

Pinturault was 0.13s slower than Strasser in the first run of the big final, and failed to claw back the deficit, finishing the second run a further 0.04s back to hand the German his first-ever World Cup win.

In the small final Dave Ryding was attempting to grab his second World Cup podium spot in just ten days, but had it all to do after falling 0.18s behind Hargin in run one.

And the Brit was again slower in run two, to give Hargin the victory, and the final spot on the podium.

The second spot for Pinturault moves him up to second place in the overall World Cup standings, level on points with Kristoffersen while Marcel Hirscher continues to lead the way on 1275 points.

And the Austrian continues to lead the slalom standings on 533 points, with Pinturault now on 439 and his compatriot Mathieu Faivre on 360.

In the women's event Shiffrin's dominance of world skiing, and slalom in particular continued as she beat Slovakia's Veronika Velez-Zuzulova in the big final.

Winner Mikaela Shiffrin (C) of the U.S., second placed Veronika Velez Zuzulova (L) of Slovakia and third placed Nina Loeseth of Norway celebrate on the podium after the end of the event

Winner Mikaela Shiffrin (C) of the U.S., second placed Veronika Velez Zuzulova (L) of Slovakia and third placed Nina Loeseth of Norway celebrate on the podium after the end of the eventReuters

The American went 0.1s faster than her opponent in run one, and when the Slovak was disqualified in run two, the slalom World Cup leader gratefully accepted the win.

Shiffrin had earlier eased past France's Adeline Baud Mugnier, Marie-Michele Gagnon and Frida Hansdotter on her way to the final.

In the small final it was Norway's Nina Loeseth that took third spot, beating Hansdotter by 0.2s in run one, before the Swede failed to finish run two.

Shiffrin continues to lead both the overall and slalom World Cup standings, ahead of Switzerland's Lara Gut in the overall competition, and Velez-Zuzulova in the individual discipline.

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