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Maria Riesch wins women’s slalom

AP , LA MOLINA, SPAIN

Fumihisa Yumoto jumps at the World Cup ski jumping Large Hill Individual competition at the Pragelato, Italy, on Saturday.

PHOTO: EPA

Maria Riesch of Germany held on to win a women’s World Cup slalom on Sunday and second-place Lindsey Vonn of the US reclaimed the lead in the overall standings.

Riesch, who led after the first run, nearly skidded off the top section but recovered to finish in 59.17 seconds and win with a combined time of 1:52.98, 1.48 seconds better than Vonn. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third in 1:55.34 on the Cerdanya Catalunya course.

The 24-year-old Riesch set the fastest time across both runs to pick up her first slalom victory since a win in Levi, Finland, nearly five years ago. She finished the morning run in 53.81 seconds on the way to her seventh World Cup victory.

Vonn, the defending overall champion, moved back into first place in the standings with 438 points after Tanja Poutiainen of Finland finished sixth. The Finnish skier, who won Saturday’s giant slalom, trails Vonn by 38 points.

Vonn stayed at the top of the slalom standings with 230 points, 30 more than Riesch after three races.

■SKI JUMP

AP, PRAGELATO, ITALY

Fumihisa Yumoto of Japan won his first World Cup ski jump meet of the season on Sunday.

Yumoto jumped 126m on his first jump and didn’t have to defend the result because adverse weather forced the cancelation of the second jump.

Simon Ammann of Switzerland, who won Saturday’s event, jumped 124.5m for second place and increased his lead in the World Cup standings.

After five of 28 events, Ammann has 425 points, 75 more than Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria. Finland’s Ville Larinto has 205 points.

Johan Remen Evensen of Norway finished third on Sunday, jumping 123.5m.

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