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Petra Vlhova pips Mikaela Shiffrin to the post in dramatic Levi victory

Vlhova pips Shiffrin to the post in dramatic Levi victory

11/11/2017 at 10:52Updated 11/11/2017 at 13:46

Defending world champion and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin was pipped to the post by Slovakia's Petra Vlhova as they started their World Cup slalom campaigns in Levi on Saturday.

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In the first run of the slalom event, the American took a comfortable lead of +0.21 over Vlhova.

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Finishing her first run in 55.66, the 22-year-old was followed by Vlhova in 55.87, with Sweden's Frida Hansdotter third finishing in 56.39.

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But Vlhova's second run gave her a total time of 1:49.98 which Shiffrin was ultimately unable to compete with, losing her lead and some, finishing 0.10 seconds behind her rival.

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Switzerland's Wendy Holdener usurped Hansdotter in the second run to take third place with a total of 1:51.33.

Last season, Shiffrin won the seasonal slalom title, with Vlhova coming fifth in the standings.

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Some way down the table, Great Britain's Charlie Guest finished her first run in 51st place with a time of 1:00.39, failing to qualify for a second run. GB team-mate Alex Tilley did not finish.

Results

1 VLHOVA Petra 1:49.98

2 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1:50.08

3 HOLDENER Wendy 1:51.33

4 HANSDOTTER Frida 1:52.15

5 MEILLARD Melanie 1:52.56

6 DUERR Lena 1:52.76

7 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1:53.16

8 BRUNNER Stephanie 1:53.18

9 BUCIK Ana 1:53.24

10 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1:53.46

11 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1:53.50

12 HUBER Katharina 1:53.55

13 HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst 1:53.73

14 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1:53.76

15 GISIN Michelle 1:53.93

16 FEIERABEND Denise 1:53.94

17 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1:53.96

17 FERK Marusa 1:53.96

17 SKJOELD Maren 1:53.96

20 WIESLER Maren 1:53.97

21 STIEGLER Resi 1:54.13

22 MOELGG Manuela 1:54.21

23 GALLHUBER Katharina 1:54.25

24 THALMANN Carmen 1:54.37

25 ALPHAND Estelle 1:54.39

26 NOENS Nastasia 1:54.47

27 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1:54.51

28 COSTAZZA Chiara 1:54.53

29 DUBOVSKA Martina 1:54.61

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