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Odermatt destroyed Maier’s achievement, Kranjec saved the bronze



Žan Kranjec at the last giant slalom of the 11th season.

Žan Kranjec, despite his poor performance at the final in Soldeu (11th place), won bronze in the World Cup giant slalom standings. Marco Odermatt once again swept away the competition, winning by more than two seconds after two outstanding performances.

Žan Kranjec did not do well in the spring conditions (the track was salted).  Photo: EPA

Odermatt was not derailed even by the worse conditions in the final (if the sun was mostly shining before, it was cloudy during his performance) and he wrote history in the most beautiful way. He set a new points record in (men’s) World Cup history, surpassing Hermann Maier’s 2,000 points in 2000. With his 13th win of the season (and 24th of his career), the Swiss grandmaster moved the milestone to 2,042 points. In the last giant slalom of the season, Henrik Kristoffersen rose to second place (from sixth after the first run), while Marco Schwarz came third, who was the biggest threat to Kranjč’s third place in the giant slalom standings.

Schwarz lacked 18 hundredthsThe best Slovenian giant slalomer made a lot of mistakes on the first course (on the fast set-up of the Swiss coach), he could not catch the right rhythm. The 12th time was less than desired. He did not shine in the final, he was third when he arrived at the finish line, but in the end it was a fight for the overall third place. If Odermatt had made a big mistake or if Schwarz had been 18 hundredths faster, he would have gotten 20 points more for 2nd place and won the bronze. In the end, the Austrian lacked 15 points.

Kranjec to the end on thorns“It was very tense at the finish line. I knew that Odermatt, if everything was normal, should take the lead. I was hoping that he wouldn’t make a mistake today and retire. I was on edge, I didn’t want to lose 3 in the last race . cities. It means a lot to me, it’s a great success,Kranjec told TV Slovenija and also evaluated his performance today.I didn’t compete at my best, but I’m glad it turned out the way it did. In the last training sessions in Soldeu, I was not right. The first run didn’t go well for me today, and the second performance was mostly not the best either.”

Pinturault threatened Kranjec on the first trackThe last Slovene with a medal in the overall total of an individual discipline (among men) was 23 years ago Matjaž Vrhovnik, who was third in the slalom total. The events of the morning indicated that Alexis Pinturault, who had the second time, would be more dangerous to Žan Kranjec than Schwarz, but the Frenchman fell to eighth place in the final. Loic Meillard (10th place) could also threaten Kranjec today. On Sunday, there will be a slalom in Soldeu.

Končni vrstni red:                     
 1. M. ODERMATT        ŠVI     2:19,64 
 2. H. KRISTOFFERSEN   NOR       +2,11 
 3. M. SCHWARZ         AVT        2,29 
 4. L. BRAATHEN        NOR        2,38 
 5. T. TUMLER          ŠVI        2,56 
 6. R. WINDINGSTAD     NOR        2,60 
 7. F. DELLA VITE      ITA        2,64 
 8. A. PINTURAULT      FRA        2,67 
 9. L. DE ALIPRANDINI  ITA        2,68 
10. L. MEILLARD        ŠVI        2,94 
11. Ž. KRANJEC         SLO        2,96 
  . M. FELLER          AVT        2,96 
Prva proga:                           
 1. M. ODERMATT        ŠVI     1:07,86
 2. A. PINTURAULT      FRA       +1,09
 3. A. STEEN OLSEN     NOR        1,12
 4. L. BRAATHEN        NOR        1,14
 5  L. MEILLARD        ŠVI        1,61
 6  L. DE ALIPRANDINI  ITA        1,68
 7. R. WINDINGSTAD     NOR        1,69
 8. H. KRISTOFFERSEN   NOR        1,70
 9. G. CAVIEZEL        ŠVI        1,87
10. S. BRENNSTEINER    AVT        2,19
11. M. SCHWARZ         AVT        2,22
12. Ž. KRANJEC         SLO        2,23
13. F. ZUBČIĆ          HRV        2,35
14. F. DELLA VITE      ITA        2,52
15. R. HAASER          AVT        2,54
Svetovni pokal skupno (37/38):         
 1. M. ODERMATT        ŠVI        2.042
 2. A. A. KILDE        NOR        1.340
 3. H. KRISTOFFERSEN   NOR        1.094
 4. V. KRIECHMAYR      AVT          953
 5. L. BRAATHEN        NOR          874
 6. L. MEILLARD        ŠVI          857
 7. M. SCHWARZ         AVT          839
 8. A. PINTURAULT      FRA          813
 9. M. FELLER          AVT          530
10. Ž. KRANJEC         SLO          464
77. M. HROBAT          SLO           73
80. M. ČATER           SLO           70
84. Š. HADALIN         SLO           65
Veleslalom (10/10):                   
 1. M. ODERMATT        ŠVI         840
 2. H. KRISTOFFERSEN   NOR         660
 3. Ž. KRANJEC         SLO         464
 4. M. SCHWARZ         AVT         449
 5. A. PINTURAULT      FRA         409
 6. L. MEILLARD        ŠVI         406
 7. L. BRAATHEN        NOR         372
 8. G. CAVIEZEL        ŠVI         277
 9. R. WINDIGSTAD      NOR         239
10. F. ZUBČIĆ          HRV         221
33. Š. HADALIN         SLO          43

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Source: Rtvslo

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