Austria celebrates double in Switzerland

10 January 2009 23:00

Reinfried Herbst came out top in Adelboden, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon, picking up his first win of the season.

The specialist finished the race with a time of 1:42.95, to pick up his first win of the season. The Austrian had finished the first round tenth, but improved greatly in his final run. Herbst had managed a seventh place finish in the previous week's slalom in Zagreb.

Fellow Austrian Manfred Pranger picked up second place, with a time of 1:43.13. Pranger had been in the lead after the first round, but was unable to match Herbst's blistering pace in the final round.

Felix Neureuther posted a time of 1:43.27 to finish third. This was the German's first World Cup top ten finish of the season. However Neureuther had shown his potential in the Moscow exhibition, where he took first place.

The final round of the slalom brought a close to what was a poor weekend for the home athletes. Not one Swiss skier made it into the final run, and even in Saturday's giant slalom the big guns were disappointing.

To add insult to injury for the home crowd was the fact that two of the top three and four of the top ten finishers were Austrian. Not to mention that it was also an Austrian who won Saturday's giant slalom.

Andre Myhrer managed a time of 1:43.29, to finish in the top five for the first time this season. The Swede's best result prior to Adelboden was a 6th place finish in Levi.

Manfred Moelgg completed the top five, with a time of 1:43.33.  This was the Italian's third top five finish of the season, all three coming in slalom races, the first in Alta Badia and the second in Zagreb.

Marcel Hirscher came sixth, with a time of 1:43.51. This result was the Austrian's sixth top ten finish in his career.

Mattias Hargin and Mario Matt were tied in seventh with a time of 1:43.58. The Swede was definetly the more impressive in the final round as he recorded the fastest run in the afternoon, with a time of 52.51 seconds.

Jean-Baptiste Grange had no intention of risking injury, and was content with his ninth place finish. The Frenchman stays second in the World Cup rankings, clawing back five points from Raich's lead in the overall standings.

Benjamin Raich who won the giant slalom on Saturday had a terrible run in the final round. His partial of 54.20 was not even fast enough to make it into the top 20. However, earlier in the morning he had finished second and his combined time of 1:43.68 saw him finish 11th.

The World Cup overall rankings have stay as they were before the slalom race, with the Austrian still leading, Grange second and Svindal third.