Adrian Pertl won silver in the slalom at the end of the 46th Alpine Skiing World Championships. The young Carinthian had led sensationally at half-time in the last World Cup competition, but after the third-best run, he missed gold by 21 hundredths. The title went to Sebastian Foss-Solevaag, who made himself the first Norwegian slalom world champion since Tom Stiansen in 1997. Bronze went to Solevaag’s compatriot Henrik Kristoffersen.
After the first run, Pertl, with starting number eight, had led sensationally and for the first time in his career in a slalom. Marco Schwarz was eighth, Michael Matt 13th and Manuel Feller after a material mistake only 24th. Because the rule of 30 had been overridden due to concerns about a slope softening under the sun, Matt was able to decide on the ÖSV course -Slalom boss Marko Pfeifer already start as third, Schwarz as eighth. Matt could not add anything, however, combined world champion black threaded after a strong interim and was eliminated.
14 of the 15 possible runners for top positions made the decision within a second. All attacked, four including Black were eliminated. Pertl had previously only achieved a podium place in the World Cup, a year ago he had finished third in Chamonix. In a Norwegian double lead by Foss-Solevaag in front of Kristoffersen, the young Carinthian entered the 63-goal race and kept his nerve. “For me, silver is like gold,” said the young man from Ebene-Reichenau.
For Austria it was the strong end to a highly successful World Cup. With 8 medals, 5 of which were gold, Cortina was one of the most successful alpine title fights ever.
(APA) / Image: GEPA