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Marcel Hirscher: Austria's six-time world champion wins first Olympic gold

Hirscher wins alpine combined gold with sensational slalom run

13/02/2018 at 06:48Updated 13/02/2018 at 10:08

Austria's Marcel Hirscher has finally got his hands on an Olympic gold medal after the six-time world champion won the alpine combined event in PyeongChang.

The 28 year-old posted a combined time of 2:06.52 over the downhill and slalom events to top the Olympic podium for the first time in his career.

Hirscher, who's previous Olympic best was a slalom silver medal in Sochi four years ago, trailed in the downhill half of the event with a 12th place finish as Germany's Thomas Dressen topped the standings with a fastest time of 1:19.24.

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Video - Hirscher claims first Olympic gold with brilliant Slalom run


Victor Muffat-Jeandet had the leading time for the majority of Hirscher's favoured slalom event from the fifth run until the Austrian champion dived over the line to best the Frenchman by one tenth of a second to snatch the gold medal he had been waiting a long time for.

"My downhill was the best I've ever skied. I have what I was searching for," Hirscher told Eurosport.

"It was not easy under the pressure and expectation, because I was not the favourite in this event, but I was very surprised after this amazing downhill event. My wait (for Olympic gold) is over now."

Marcel Hirscher claimed his first Olympic gold by winning the slalom run in a tenth of a second

Marcel Hirscher claimed his first Olympic gold by winning the slalom run in a tenth of a secondGetty Images

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