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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006, 13:18 GMT
Kostelic grabs world slalom title
Anja Paerson
Paerson's fine run could not delay Kostelic's title celebrations
Olympic combined champion Janica Kostelic won the World Cup slalom title in Finland, despite finishing second to Anja Paerson in Saturday's event.

The Croat, whose victory on Friday was only her second of the season, finished 0.29 seconds behind Paerson, who clocked one minute 38.86 seconds.

But a podium finish in every race this season helped her to the title, with the overall victory expected to follow.

Austrian Nicole Hosp was in third place, 1.14secs behind Paerson.

The result leaves Kostelic 254 points ahead of closest rival Marlies Schild of Austria in the overall standings, which will be decided at the season's finals in Are, Sweden, next week.


Results from women's slalom at Levi

1 Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1 minute, 38.86 seconds
2 Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:39.15
3 Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:40.00
4 Marlies Schild, Austria, 1:40.46
5 Chiara Costazza, Italy, 1:40.81
6 Lindsey Kildow, United States, 1:40.90
7 Tanja Poutiainen, Finland, 1:40.91
8 Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 1:41.06
9 Ana Jelusic, Croatia, 1:41.31
10 Therese Borssen, Sweden, 1:41.50

World Cup overall standings

1 Janica Kostelic, Croatia, 1,720 points
2 Anja Paerson, Sweden, 1,466
3 Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria, 1,228
4 Lindsey Kildow, United States, 947
5 Nicole Hosp, Austria, 902
6 Marlies Schild, Austria, 852
7 Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 801
8 Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria, 721
9 Julia Mancuso, United States, 688
10 Nadia Styger, Switzerland, 542



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