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Timon Haugan leads men’s slalom at World Cup finals, aims to give Norway 1st win of season

SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM, Austria (AP) — Timon Haugan posted the fastest time in the opening run of the men’s slalom at the World Cup finals Sunday, aiming to give the Norwegian ski team its first win of the season.

Haugan led Linus Strasser of Germany by 0.15 seconds and Loic Meillard was 0.50 behind in third, a day after the Swiss skier won the giant slalom.

Haugan has earned three career podiums in slalom, most recently in Schladming in January, but is yet to win a World Cup race.

The Norwegian team has racked up 15 top-three results this season but failed to win an event.

A week after locking up the discipline title, Manuel Feller was looming in shared fourth position with Olympic champion Clement Noel of France.

Feller secured his first globe when the penultimate slalom in Slovenia was canceled due to bad weather, leaving runner-up Strasser with not enough races to make up the gap of 169 points in the discipline standings.

Feller is the successor of last year’s globe winner Lucas Braathen, who sat out the current campaign following a dispute with the Norwegian ski federation but has announced his return for next season competing for Brazil, his mother’s home nation.


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