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Italian Giuliano Razzoli takes Olympic slalom gold

Italy's Giuliano Razzoli

Razzoli storms to men's slalom gold

Giuliano Razzoli won Italy's first gold medal of the Vancouver Games with a convincing victory in the men's slalom.

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic raced into second place with Andre Myhrer of Sweden taking bronze.

Razzoli clocked a combined total of one minute 39.32 seconds over the two runs, 0.16 seconds ahead of Kostelic with Myhrer a further 0.28 adrift.

Defending Olympic champion Benjamin Raich was fourth, leaving the Austrian men's team without an Alpine medal.

The 25-year-old Razzoli, who was quickest in the first leg through fog and sleet, became the first Italian man to win the title since Alberto Tomba 22 years ago in Calgary 1988.

"He was my idol," Razzoli said. "I started to ski when he started to win in 1988 in Calgary. Now he's my friend - and I'm a gold medallist."

Bode Miller was trying to become the first man to win four medals in Alpine racing at the same Olympics, after winning gold in the super-combined, silver in the super-G and bronze in downhill.

But the 32-year-old American skied out of the event after straddling the fifth gate, becoming one of 48 men not to finish the first run in the ferocious rain and snow.

"I just hooked a tip and it's obviously disappointing when you're fired up and you're skiing well and everything's there," Miller said.

"To come into the games, and perform the way I did and to feel the kind of enjoyment from skiing is phenomenal."

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see also
Winter Olympics - Day 16 as it happened
27 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010
Winter Olympics day 16 photos
27 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010
Alpine skiing: Slalom
03 Nov 09 |  Alpine skiing
Winter Olympics weather
26 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010

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