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Riegler Wins Snowboard World Cup

March 18, 2000

LIVIGNO, Italy (AP) _ Manuela Riegler of Austria edged France’s Isabelle Blanc to win her second consecutive women’s Snowboard World Cup overall title following Saturday’s final events.

Riegler earned 1,168.22 points to Blanc’s 1,076.42.

Germany’s Sabine Wehr-Hasler won the women’s halfpipe race, ahead of Japan’s Michiyo Hashimoto, to claim the World Cup title for the discipline.

Wehr-Hasler beat Tricia Byrnes of the United States 7,650 points to 6,540.

Sweden’s Magnus Sterner won the men’s halfpipe event and his compatriot Thomas Johansson captured the discipline title despite missing the two last season events due to injuries from a training crash.

Earlier Saturday, newly crowned men’s overall champion Matthieu Bozzetto tied teammate Nicolas Huet for first place in the last giant slalom race of the season.

The French snowboarders clocked an equal two-run combined time of one minute, 23.27 seconds while Austrian Stefan Kaltschuetz, who had already clinched the discipline title, finished more than one second behind for seventh place.

Sara Fischer of Sweden scored her first season victory in the women’s giant slalom with a winning combined time of 1:32.41. Blanc was second at 1:32.51.

Ninth-place Margherita Parini of Italy won the World Cup giant slalom title for the second consecutive year, ending the season with 4,610 points.

France’s Karine Ruby, third in the race, finished runnerup with 3,600. Riegler was a distant 15th in the race and finished third in the discipline.

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