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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Consistency Finally Pays Off For Amiez in Breakthrough




VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland -- France's Sebastien Amiez, one of this season's most consistent skiers, has posted his first World Cup victory in a men's slalom, in a time of 1 minute 38.79 seconds.


Unheralded Rene Mlekuz of Slovenia came in second Sunday with Thomas Sykora of Austria third.


Amiez closed the standings gap on slalom leader and defending overall World Cup champion, Alberto Tomba, who crashed through a flag and was eliminated in the first heat.


Tomba now has 440 points in the standings and Amiez 434.


The win was the high point of a fine season for Amiez, in which he placed fifth in Flachau and fourth in Kitzbuehel earlier this month, and second in Vail in November.


The combined competition, a paper race that combines Saturday's downhill with the slalom, was won by Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, who clocked a total time over the two disciplines of 3:44.44 seconds.


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In Osrblie, Slovakia, Vladimir Dratshev of Russia won the 10-kilometer World Cup biathlon Saturday, finishing first in 24:25.9 seconds.


Ludwig Gredler of Austria placed second, 8.1 seconds behind Dratshev, and Italy's Rene Cattarinussi third, 31.4 seconds behind the winner. Dratshev maintains first position in the World Cup standings with 179 points.


In the 7.5-kilometer woman's competition, France's Emmanuelle Claret finished first in 21:47.1 seconds, followed by fellow Frenchwoman Florence Baverel, who finished 3.7 seconds behind.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)