|(Sochi Games) Slovenia’s Maze grabs giant slalom gold
Slovenia's Tina Maze bagged her second alpine skiing gold of the Sochi Olympics today when she won a thrilling women's giant slalom from Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger.
In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2 minutes 38.87seconds over the two runs in Rosa Khutor.
The Slovene set the fastest time down the first run, meaning she started last of the top 30 racers in running order for the second descent.
Maze had seen fourth-placed Fenninger, who was also looking for a second gold after winning Saturday's super-G, storm into the lead, which changed hands seven times in a dramatic climax to the event.
Starting with an 0.85sec lead over the Austrian, Maze's deficit was slowly eroded away in the increasingly slushy conditions, but she hung on through to the finish line to sneak home by just seven-hundredths of a second.
Defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took bronze, a further 0.20sec adrift.
Rebensburg laid down the fastest second run as three of just four racers to get within a second of Maze's leading first run, Sweden's World Cup giant slalom leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Italian Nadia Fanchini and American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, all fell out of contention.--AFP