ZAGREB (Reuters) – Petra Vlhova put herself within the driving seat within the ladies’s World Cup slalom in Croatia’s capital on Tuesday after profitable the first run ahead of rival Mikaela Shiffrin, who returned to motion after lacking two occasions following a constructive COVID-19 take a look at.
Slovakian Vlhova, who leads the season’s slalom standings ahead of second-placed Shiffrin, raced down the course in 55.69 seconds, 0.64 seconds ahead of the American who’s aiming to set a report for many wins in any single self-discipline.
Shiffrin, who’s tied on 46 wins with former Swedish males’s nice Ingemar Stenmark, was the seventh competitor to begin on a tender course plagued by leaves from close by bushes.
Vlhova produced a flawless run whereas Shiffrin was set again and misplaced some of her momentum by a slight error halfway by the course which briefly left her on the tails of her skis.
Overall World Cup chief and double Olympic gold medallist Shiffrin missed an enormous slalom and a slalom in Lienz on Dec. 28 and 29 after testing constructive for COVID-19.
Swiss Wendy Holdener clocked in third, 0.81 seconds behind Vlhova, with fourth-placed Swede Anna Swenn Larsson 0.84 off the tempo earlier than the afternoon’s second run.
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)