Four in a row

10 January 2009 23:00

Maria Riesch made it four in a row with a comfortable win in the Maribor slalom on Sunday.

The German has extended her lead in both the overall World Cup rankings and the slalom rankings. Riesch finished the race with a time of 1:29.64, more than a second ahead of her closest rival, Kathrin Zettel.

It was the Austrian who came runner-up, 1.15 seconds behind Riesch, with a final time of 1:30.79, which had looked extremely solid when she recorded it, but was wiped away by her German rival.

Tanja Poutiainen continued her good weekend with a podium finish. The Finn recoreded a time of 1:31.41 to take third spot, maintaining her second place in the overall World Cup rankings.

If you can't beat them, join them. That must be what Anja Paerson was thinking when she came down the slope, to match Lindsey Vonn's time of 1:31.68. The two shared fourth spot, however it was the American who really impressed in the final run. Vonn performed quite poorly in the first round, finishing 18th, only to recover extremely well in her final run to post the round's best time of 44.43 seconds.

Frida Hansdotter came sixth with a time of 1:31.86 and the Swede repeated her best result so far this season, achieved a week earlier in Zagreb.

Michaela Kirchgasser came seventh, posting a time of 1:31.9 to improve on her second attempt, moving up from 11th after the first run.

Sandrine Aubert slipped down to eighth, after having finished the first round fifth. The French athlete managed a combined time of 1:32.35.

Karen Persyn was the biggest surprise of the day, finishing 16th, with a time of 1:33.49. The Belgian started with bib number 73, and finished the first run 22nd. Not only did she improve on her first attempt, but she achieved one of the best result in the Alpine World Cup by a Belgian skier.