Hirscher denied in thriller

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

Marcel Hirscher (AUT) performs at the slalom during the Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, Austria on January 22, 2017

Austrian edged out by 0.01s as Swiss youngster Aerni wins world combined.

Marcel Hirscher produced another extraordinary 2017 slalom run in St. Moritz, however fell just short in the world championship combined event.

The reigning combined champion from Beaver Creek in 2015 will have been disappointed after his downhill run left him back in 24th place.

Hirscher found the going tough in glorious sunny conditions to sit 2.30 seconds behind the leader Romed Baumann of Austria leaving Frenchman Adrien Theaux second and Slovenia’s Martin Cater third alongside German Thomas Dressen.

Slalom experts Justin Murisier of Switzerland and France’s Alexis Pinturault were better placed than Hirscher to make a charge for gold after they finished the downhill in 13th and 16th places respectively.

Marcel Hirscher (AUT) peforms at the slalom during the Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, Austria on January 22, 2017

When it came down to the pressure cooker atmosphere of the second slalom run, though, they were powerless to stop five-time World Cup overall champion Hirscher storming past them.

The 27-year-old zigzagged his way gracefully down the mountain to post an amazing time of 44.79, which left him 2:26.34 over the two disciplines.

Nevertheless little known Aerni, who was 2.61s down after the downhill, picked up speed superbly on the bottom half of the course to nick the gold medal from Hirscher and leave his adoring home fans on their feet.

The Swiss crowd were also cheered by a fast slalom run from Mauro Caviezel that earned a bronze ahead of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Dominik Paris.

Afterwards Hirscher admitted that he has been ill and will make a decision soon on the other events.

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