March 20, 2016

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) Andre Myhrer of Sweden won the men's slalom race on the last day of the World Cup finals for his first victory in the competition since 2012.

Henrik Kristoffersen, who had already won the crystal globe in the discipline, was seeking to become the fourth man to win a record seven World Cup slalom races in a single season but the Norwegian finished 19th Sunday, almost two seconds off the pace.

''When you're as tired as I was today, it wasn't really possible,'' said Kristoffersen, who revealed he had been ill in bed with a fever on Thursday and Friday.

''It's been a really good season. I wasn't close to believing this was going to happen before the season, I knew I could fight for podiums and stuff but to win six races and as many podiums ... it doesn't happen that often. It's huge but it's important to stay grounded and continue working because there's a lot of people coming from behind. Hopefully I have a few more seasons to ski so I have to keep up the pace.''

Myhrer, fourth-fastest after the opening run, finished 0.14 seconds ahead of overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher, who was also second in the slalom standings. Felix Neureuther of Germany was third, 22 points ahead of Myhrer.

It was also a third podium of 2016 for Myhrer, who was runner-up twice last month. The Swedish skier is hoping to take that form into next year's world championships, which are also in St. Moritz.

''It's been a tough season so it's really good to end it this way,'' Myhrer said. ''I started with three really bad races but in January it turned a bit and since Japan I've had really good self-confidence.

''It was a great day and I'm really looking forward to coming back next year.''

Sebastian Foss-Solevaag was third, with the young Norwegian claiming only a second-ever podium finish.

Daniel Yule of Switzerland, whose best position in the slalom is sixth, led after the opening run for the first time in his career - much to the delight of the home crowd - but finished 11th.

Hirscher had already clinched a record fifth successive overall title.

''This is the first record that is really amazing and I hope it goes for another five years,'' Hirscher said.

The Austrian needs just one more World Cup podium finish to move level with compatriot Benjamin Raich in fourth on the all-time list among men with 92.

Kristoffersen finished second overall, with Alexis Pinturault of France third.

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