Austria’s Mario Matt wins slalom; Ligety 4th |

Austria’s Mario Matt wins slalom; Ligety 4th

Giovanni Auletta/APMario Matt of Austria races down the Planai course Tuesday, one of the steepest slalom slopes on the circuit, which was weakened due to continual rain.

SCHLADMING, Austria ” Mario Matt of Austria won a World Cup night slalom Tuesday, overcoming a rain-slogged course for his 10th career victory.

The 28-year-old Matt, who was second after the first run, won in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 41.08 seconds in front of a crowd of 50,000 on the Planai course.

Jean-Baptiste Grange of France, who had won three straight World Cup slaloms, finished second, 0.64 seconds behind. Manfred Moelgg of Italy, the first-run leader, lost time because of an error before the finish and took third.

American Ted Ligety, who was 11th after the opening run, had a fast second heat to finish fourth.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich was eighth, 1.63 seconds behind the winner.

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