Lenzerheide, Switzerland • Marcel Hirscher beat Felix Neureuther in a testy Austria vs. Germany duel for the World Cup slalom title on Sunday.
Racing last as the controversial first-run leader, Hirscher finished 0.76 seconds inside Neureuther’s time to overtake his rival in the standings.
Earlier, Austrian and German team bosses had traded barbs before the decisive run over a first-run gate-setting design by one of Hirscher’s coaches.
Olympic champion Mario Matt was third, trailing 1.08 behind his Austrian teammate’s two-run time of 2 minutes, 7.74 seconds.
Hirscher had led by 0.06 on the morning course. He raced first on the best snow through a gate-setting by an Austria coach that was branded unfair and ugly by Neureuther’s team director, Wolfgang Maier, and ridiculous by American racer Ted Ligety.
Park City’s Ligety (2:10.89) was the top American, finishing 12th.
Women’s World Cup overall champion Anna Fenninger added the giant slalom title by winning the season-ending race. Austria’s Fenninger’s two-run combined time of 2:1.28 was 0.25 faster than teammate Eva-Maria Brem.
Russia’s Viktor Ahn of Russia won his sixth overall title in the world short-track speedskating championships Sunday in Montreal, and South Korea’s Shim Suk-hee topped the women’s field.
Ahn, three-time winner in the Sochi Olympics, won the 1,000 meters in 1:25.446 on the final day of the three-day event at Maurice Richard Arena. Shim took the women’s 1,000 in 1:30.488 and the 3,000 superfinal in 4:50.829.
American J.R. Celski won the men’s 3,000 superfinal in 4:59.528.
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