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Snowboarders Roland Fischnaller, Ester Ledecka win parallel slalom world titles in Austria

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LACHTAL, Austria — Italian snowboarder Roland Fischnaller won the parallel slalom world championship title on Thursday, while Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic took the women's gold medal.

Fischnaller defeated Andrey Sobolev of Russia by 0.16 seconds in the big final for his first major title. The four-time Olympian and winner of 10 World Cup races won three medals at previous world championships.

PHOTO: Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, center, celebrates her victory with runner up Austria's Julia Dujmovits, left and third placed Austria's Marion Kreiner at the women's parallel slalom event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Lachtal, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, center, celebrates her victory with runner up Austria's Julia Dujmovits, left and third placed Austria's Marion Kreiner at the women's parallel slalom event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Lachtal, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Rok Marguc of Slovenia took bronze after beating Aaron March of Italy by 0.59 in the small final.

The youngest competitor in the women's event, 19-year-old Ledecka won the title after her final opponent, Olympic champion Julia Dujmovits of Austria, was disqualified for sliding off course.

Dujmovits' teammate Marion Kreiner defeated Selina Joerg of Germany for the bronze medal.

The next medal event is the parallel giant slalom on Friday.

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