Slovak skier Velez Zuzulova wins WCup slalom for 3rd victory

FLACHAU, Austria (AP) Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia held on to a commanding first-run lead to win a women's World Cup slalom on Tuesday.

Velez Zuzulova finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 46.58 seconds on the floodlit Hermann Maier World Cup Course to beat Sarka Strachova of Czech Republic by 0.31.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finished 1.05 behind in third and retained her lead in the discipline standings.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, who was 0.54 behind Velez Zuzulova in second after the opening run, dropped to fourth.

It was the Slovak skier's third career win and first in three years, when she won back-to-back races in Semmering, Austria, and Munich three days later.

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