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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy—Defending overall World Cup champion Marcel
Hirscher of Austria was fastest in both runs to post an emphatic victory in a
night slalom on Tuesday that was marred by the death of a gate keeper. Aldon Smith Black Jersey . The win moved
Hirscher past American rival Ted Ligety into second place in the overall
standings. Under the lights with thousands of fans lining the course, Hirscher
clocked a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 42.50 seconds. Felix Neureuther of
Germany finished second, a distant 1.67 seconds behind, and Naoki Yuasa of Japan
was third, 2.28 back. Yuasa put down a blistering second run to move up from
26th after the first leg. It was the first podium finish for the 29-year-old, in
his ninth season on the circuit. “Hes a real fighter,” Hirscher said of Yuasa,
who had trouble walking after his run due to a back problem. Until Hirscher and
Neureuther skied last in the second run, racer after racer failed to match Yuasa
on the bottom section of the Canalone Miramonti course, which features gradients
of up to 60 per cent. While the course was firm and icy, large ruts that built
up after each skier came down made it difficult for racers to maintain their
balance. But Hirscher attacked all the way and vastly improved on his 0.06
advantage from the opening leg—then slammed into the protective padding in
the finish area out of exhaustion. “I risked a lot and also was very lucky. It
was really tough today,” Hirscher said. “When you have the right setup, its
really cool here. It was so cool.” Yuasa said he was in agony due to the back
problem. “It was so bad that I cant recall my last six gates,” he said. “I still
cant believe all that happened today—nobody believed I could ski like this
with the pain. Its difficult to say how I was able to ski like I did in the
second run … But this is my job and as long as I can make my way until the
bottom of a course I will try to ski and do my best.” The race marked the World
Cups return to Madonna Di Campiglio after a seven-year break. Fans lined most of
the course and despite temperatures firmly below freezing there was a festive
atmosphere, with the finish area nearly in the centre of town. Ligety, who has
dominated in giant slalom this season but hasnt reached the podium in slalom in
five seasons, finished ninth. “Wow Marcel Hirschers second run was nasty!”
Ligety tweeted, adding that its a “season of race blow outs”—as all three of
his GS wins have also come with massive margins of victory. On the speed side,
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway has been dominating. Svindal, who does not excel in
slalom and did not race, still leads the overall with 614 points. Hirscher is
next with 560 and Ligety has 537. Hirscher also took the lead in the slalom
standings, with previous leader Andre Myhrer of Sweden placing fourth. It was
Hirschers second win this season, having also taken a giant slalom in Val
dIsere, France, last weekend—and hes now been in the podium in all seven
technical races this season. It was his 14th career win. There was a delay of
about 15 minutes after the first eight starters in the opening run when a
70-year-old gate keeper, positioned midway down the course, died from cardiac
arrest. Gate keepers observe racers to make sure they go around each gate
correctly, and are usually assigned two or three gates in slalom races. Olympic
champion Giuliano Razzoli of Italy was on course for a podium finish when he
lost his right ski and fell only a few gates from the finish during the second
leg. The first run was set by Croatian coach Ante Kostelic, who is known for his
radical course sets, and 25 racers in the 76-man field failed to finish. Alexis
Pinturault, the Frenchman who won the last slalom on home snow in Val dIsere
last weekend, straddled a gate on the top section. Also in the first run,
Michael Janyk of Canada was nearly half a second quicker than Hirscher at the
first checkpoint—before skiing out. Giorgio Rocca, the Italian who won the
last race here in 2005, was one of the forerunners who tested the course
immediately before the race. Three-time winner Alberto Tomba was also in
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Spurs failed to reach Europes top club event despite holding a 10-point lead
over their nearest rival at one stage of the Premier League season.LONDON –
Oscar Pistorius surrendered his 200-metre title in the London Paralympics in a
stunning upset on Sunday, with Alan Oliveira overtaking the icon of the games on
the finish line. A month after making his groundbreaking Olympic debut,
Pistorius had a clear lead going round the bend in the final. But Oliveira
stormed down the home straight to beat the South African by 0.07 seconds.
Pistorius had come to the Paralympics hoping to go one better than the trio of
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relay final.   ’ ’ ’ 

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