Karl’s third consecutive giant slalom World Cup victory

Olympic champion Benjamin Karl won his third consecutive parallel giant slalom at the Snowboard World Cup. The Lower Austrian athlete defeated Italian Aaron March in the final in Rogla on Thursday and achieved victory. The 38-year-old thus further extended his lead in the overall and RTL World Cup ahead of his home race at Simonhöhe at the weekend. Sabine Schöffmann came third in Slovenia, coming to the podium in her hometown of Carinthia.

Karl eliminated Alexander Payer in the first knockout round en route to the final. He distanced himself from March by two hundredths of a margin in the victory duel and celebrated his 22nd World Cup success; he had also recently won Cortina and Scuol on RTL. “It was a dream for me to score a hat-trick. It was so close, luck was on my side. I’m very happy with this victory,” said Karl. ÖSV teammate Arvid Auner initially lost to Andreas Prommegger but later made it to the quarter-finals.

Schöffmann won the second qualifying round against Claudia Riegler but failed in the final race against Michelle Dekker (Netherlands). In the small final, last year’s winner edged the previous season’s winner Ramona Hofmeister (GER) by 0.05 seconds and took her fifth podium place of the season. Hofmeister eliminated Daniela Ulbing in the second elimination round. Victory went to Japan’s Tsubaki Miki.

This is followed by another RTL in the Simonhöhe on Saturday and a team competition on Sunday.

(APA)

Source: Vienna

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