Kristoffersen edges out Hirscher in slalom


Adelboden (Switzerland) (AFP)

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen claimed victory in the men's World Cup slalom at the Swiss resort of Adelboden on Sunday ahead of Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov.

Kristoffersen gained revenge over World Cup champion Hirscher, who had beaten his arch-rival at Santa Caterina on Wednesday. This time the Norwegian's overall time of 1min 51.34secs was enough for him to triumph by 0.06secs.

Khoroshilov had been fastest in the first run but ended up 0.6secs behind the winner in third spot.

Conditions were once again difficult on the course where Saturday's giant slalom was cancelled because of rain and thick fog.

"To win here at Adelboden is quite simply incredible," said Kristoffersen, who cemented his place at the top of the World Cup slalom standings on 380 points with Hirscher 40 points away in second.

"Six hundredths of a second isn't a lot but fate was smiling on me today," he added.

Hirscher holds a 165-point cushion over Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in the overall standings with Kristoffersen a further 65 points back in third.

The season moves on to Wengen in Switzerland next with a super-combined on Friday, a downhill on Saturday and a slalom 24 hours later.