Defending Champ Wins Slalom Race

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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) - Defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was fastest in both runs to post an emphatic victory in a night slalom Tuesday that was marred by the death of a gate keeper.

The win moved Hirscher above American rival Ted Ligety into second place in the overall standings.

Hirscher had 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, after putting down a blistering second run to move up from 26th after the first leg.

Ligety finished ninth.

There was a delay of about 15 minutes after the first eight starters when a 70-year-old gate keeper, positioned midway down the course, went into cardiac arrest and died.

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