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Katharina Liensberger (AUT) dominated the women’s slalom on Saturday completing a stunning world championships as she claimed gold ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, with the four-time defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) taking bronze.
Liensberger, 23, was fastest in both the morning and afternoon runs to finish a full second clear of Vlhova, the current slalom and overall World Cup standings leader. Shiffrin, who was uncharacteristically sloppy in her opening effort, was a further 0.98 seconds behind Liensberger.
The Austrian, who also won gold in the parallel giant slalom and bronze in the giant slalom, had never won a major slalom title before. But she arrived in Cortina D’Ampezzo on the back of podium places in all five World Cup slalom races this season and proved herself in a different league when it really mattered.
Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener finished fourth while Slovenia’s Andreja Slokar produced the shock performance of the day to jump from 17th after the opening run to finish fifth overall.