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Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-10-26

Kathrin Zettel won the women's giant slalom to record Austria's first victory in this competition since 2002. The event was also the opening competition for this year's World Cup season.

Austrian skier Kathrin Zettel won the opening event of the World Cup season, the women's giant slalom here on Saturday for her third career success.
  
The 22-year-old timed 2min 22.99sec to record Austria's first win here since 2002.
  
She edged out Finland's Tanja Poutiainen by 98 hundreths of a second while another Austrian Andrea Fischbacher took third 1.48sec off the pace.
  
Zettel, whose first win in the giant slalom came in Aspen in November 2006 but suffered an injury earlier this year, dominated the second leg to ease to victory.
  
Italy's Denise Karbon, last year's winner here on her way to becoming the overall giant slalom series winner, was fourth while Swiss teenage prodigy Lara Gut was fifth.

Date created : 2008-10-25

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