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Matt Wins Men’s World Cup Slalom

March 9, 2000

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) _ Austrian prodigy Mario Matt won a men’s World Cup slalom Thursday night, winning for the second time in only seven races on the circuit.

Putting together two flawless runs, Matt covered the soggy Planai course in a two-run aggregate time of 1 minute, 44.72 seconds.

Norwegian veteran Ole Christian Furuseth finished second in 1:45.53, ahead of Austria’s Thomas Stangassinger, third in 1:45.62.

Braving driving rain and poor snow conditions in both heats, Matt capitalized on his technical yet aggressive style to lead at all intermediate times and win by a whopping .81 seconds.

``It was a superb race, I’m especially proud of how I skied in the upper part of the second run,″ the 20-year old rookie said.

Matt already has four podium finishes, including a slalom victory at Kitzbuehl, in his first World Cup season.

``It’s hard to say which race was better, whether Schladming or Kitzbuehl,″ Matt said. ``They were both equally great.″

Norway’s Andre Kjetil Aamodt finished fourth in 1:45.80, ahead of his compatriot, Hans-Peter Buraas, fifth in 1:45.95. Austria’s Kilian Albrecht came was sixth in 1:46.17.

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