Marcel Hirscher claims third slalom World Championship title
Marcel Hirscher claimed the third slalom World Championship gold of his career, drawing level with the men’s record set by legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark.
The Austrian superstar blew away the rest of the field, finishing 0.65 seconds ahead of compatriot and nearest rival Michael Matt.
Marco Schwarz completed the Austrian clean sweep in third, making it the first time a nation has won all three medals in the same event since the Austrian women’s downhill team in 2001.
Hirscher’s latest victory takes his tally of World Championship titles in all disciplines to seven, equaling the men’s record set by the late Toni Sailer.
Alexis Pinturault was proving to be Hirscher’s closest competitor after the first run, but a slip halfway down the course proved costly for the Frenchman who had to settle for fourth.
Despite dominating the slalom Sunday, Austrian skiing fans had to wait until the final day of the Are 2019 for Hirscher to secure the country’s first gold medal of these World Championships.
Speaking after claiming gold, Hirscher admitted he may not return in two years’ time to defend his title.
“It’s really unbelievable, after 2013 and 2017 and now 2019, maybe my last World Champs,” Hirscher told FIS.
“I knew that Alexis wasn’t in the lead so in the start I tried to push really hard, there were two or three gates where I was bumpy.
“My whole team made it possible, they worked really hard to bring me here.”
If that was indeed Hirscher’s final World Championship, he’ll finish with a total of 11 medals, one behind Norwegian legend Kjetil Andre Aamodt’s record.