Overall World Cup winner Hirscher wraps up 4th slalom title

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Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (AP) — Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher wrapped up his fourth slalom title Sunday with Austrian compatriot Michael Matt winning the penultimate race of the season.

Austria's Marcel Hirscher celebrates at the end of an alpine ski men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Sunday, March 5. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher celebrates at the end of an alpine ski men’s World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Sunday, March 5. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

Hirscher’s fourth-place finish, 0.80 seconds behind Matt, was enough for the 28-year-old to take his third globe of the weekend after his only rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, failed to qualify for the second run.

Hirscher has an insurmountable 110-point lead over the Norwegian ahead of the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado, this month.

Hirscher locked up an unprecedented sixth straight overall World Cup title with five races to spare on Saturday, when he also won the giant slalom globe with his 44th career win.

Stefano Gross was leading after Sunday’s first run, but the Italian had to settle for second with Matt edging him by 0.30 seconds after two runs.

Germany’s Felix Neureuther was third, 0.46 back, ahead of Hirscher, who did enough to match Alberto Tomba’s tally of four titles. Only Ingemar Stenmark, with eight, has more.