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  Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 21:25 GMT
Flying Finn wins again
Kaller Palander
Palander's double win is a pre-World Cup boost

Kalle Palander of Finland won his second men's World Cup slalom event in a row at Schladming on Tuesday.

The flying Finn, victorious at Kitzbuhel last Sunday, won in a combined time of one minute 45.41 seconds.

The 25-year-old beat Austrian Benjamin Raich by 1.31 seconds with Hans-Petter Buraas of Norway third with a time of 1:46.74.

"My first run was excellent. I was very calm ahead of the second one, although I knew I had to attack," said Palander.

Defending World Cup slalom champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, a winner in Kranjska Gora, Bormio and Sestriere this season, came fourth in 1:46.97.

American Bode Miller squandered the chance to recapture the lead in the overall World Cup standings from Stephan Eberharter.

Miller, sixth after the first run, crashed out on an error-strewn second run.

Britain's Alain Baxter narrowly failed to qualify for the second run.

The Scot finished 32nd and only the top 30 race again.

His younger half-brother Noel was 50th.

The floodlit event in Schladming was the last race before the World Championships, which begin in St Moritz on Sunday.


Men's World Cup slalom, Schladming

1. Kalle Palander (Finland) 1:45.41 seconds
2. Benjamin Raich (Austria) 1:46.72
3. Hans-Petter Buraas (Norway) 1:46.74
4. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia) 1:46.97
5. Manfred Pranger (Austria) 1:47.15
6. Martin Marinac (Austria) 1:47.24
7. Giancarlo Bergamelli (Italy) 1:47.30
8. Akira Sasaki (Japan) 1:47.36
9. Johan Brolenius (Sweden) 1:47.56
10. Drago Grubelnik (Slovenia) 1:47.57

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