Schwarz leads Austrian top-3 result in 1st run of slalom

Schwarz leads Austrian top-3 result in 1st run of slalom
Austria's Marco Schwarz competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marco Schwarz led an Austrian sweep of the top three in the opening run of a men’s World Cup slalom on Sunday.

Five days after winning his first World Cup at a city event in Oslo, Schwarz timed 51.80 seconds on the Crveni Spust course and was 0.37 seconds faster than overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher, who has won nine of the last 11 slaloms. Manuel Feller was 0.42 behind in third.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was fourth and had 0.70 to make up in the second run. The winner of the previous slalom, Daniel Yule of Switzerland, ranked eighth.

On a course set by his coach Helmut Grassl, Olympic champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden finished 2.71 seconds off the lead and failed to qualify for the second run.