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Vlhova secures back-to-back World Cup slalom wins as Shiffrin loses out

Vlhova secures back-to-back World Cup slalom wins as Shiffrin loses out
By Eurosport

14/01/2020 at 21:37Updated 14/01/2020 at 23:30

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova inflicted successive defeats on Mikaela Shiffrin as she secured top spot in the slalom at the World Cup in Flachau, Austria.

The 24-year-old built a lead of 0.6 seconds over Shiffrin from the first run and extended that in the second winning in a time of 1:53.65.

Video - Brilliant Vlhova clings on to take Flachau win

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Shiffrin was faster than Vlhova in the second run but ended up finishing third after Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson posted the quickest time and moved into silver position.

Video - Sensational Swenn Larsson produces massive performance to make podium

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It was the first time that Shiffrin had been beaten in back-to-back World Cup slaloms since 2017 when Vlhova beat her in the last race of 2016-17 and first of 2017-18.

In the slalom World Cup standings, the Slovakian skier has reduced Shiffrin’s advantage to just 80 points while the American still has a lead of 273 points in the overall competition.

Video - Huge surprise in Flachau as Shiffin slips to third place finish

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