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Hirscher leads World Cup slalom at Levi after first run, Matt out


LEVI, Finland — Austria's Marcel Hirscher had the fastest time in the first run of the World Cup men's slalom opener on Sunday with a time of 56.02, ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen.

Hirscher, the World Cup champion and last year's winner at Levi, edged out the Norwegian by 0.06 in foggy, mild conditions on a slope with a sprinkling of fresh overnight snow.

Kristoffersen's compatriot Sebastian-Foss Solevaag was third, 0.20 behind the leader.

Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria failed to complete the first run.

Ted Ligety of the United States was 22nd after the first run, 1.58 seconds behind the leader.

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