Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins eighth successive World Cup title

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Alpine Skiing – Alpine Skiing World Cup – Men’s Slalom – Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – March 10, 2019 Austria’s Marcel Hirscher reacts after his second run REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

(Reuters) – Austria’s Marcel Hirscher extended his dominance of Alpine skiing as he won a remarkable eighth successive overall World Cup title on Sunday.

The 30-year-old finished third in the slalom at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia to take an unassailable 509 point lead at the top of the standings with four races to go. Hirscher has also won the slalom and giant slalom titles for the season.

The overall World Cup title is considered the most prestigious in skiing because it covers all disciplines over a whole season.

Hirscher said he had not decided whether to continue racing next season.

“We have to talk things over in the summer. That decision will be the toughest of my life,” he told reporters. “I can’t say how it will go. My head’s a bit crazy at the moment.”

Hirscher equaled the record of 20 overall and discipline World Cup titles set by American Lindsey Vonn who retired last month.

Vonn won four overall, eight downhill, five super-G and three combined titles while Hirscher has won eight overall, six giant slalom and six slalom titles.

Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland won Sunday’s race and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was second.

(This version of the story was refiled to add dropped letter in headline)

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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