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Three-way tie as race for Olympic qualification hots up in Czech Republic

Three-way tie as race for Olympic qualification hots up in Czech Republic
By Sportsbeat

14/12/2017 at 17:03Updated 14/12/2017 at 17:13

Andrey Sobolev and Ester Ledecka got their seasons off to a flying start with victories in the first parallel giant slalom World Cup of the season.

Reigning world champion in the event Ledecka beat Germany's Ramona Theresia Hofmeister by 1.42 seconds in the big final, with Austria's Ina Meschik winning the small final to take bronze by just 0.23s from Russia's Alena Zavarzina.

Ledecka had reached the final with a last-16 win over Russia's Milena Bykova – the Czech rider winning by 0.53s – before Switzerland's Julie Zogg gave her an easy ride into the final four by failing to finish their quarter-final.

Ledecka beat Zavarzina by a massive 2.26s in the semi-final before winning the gold in almost as comfortable a fashion.

The men's competition saw 2015 world champion Sobolev beat Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini in Carezza, Italy, by 0.37s with Dario Caviezel beating Russia's Vic Wild to the bronze medal by 6.22s.

Sobolev made the final by beating compatriot Konstantin Kotov in the round of 16, before dispatching home rider Christoph Mick in the quarter-finals and Switzerland's Caviezel in the final four.

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