Swiss skier Ramon Zenhaeusern maintained his slim chance of winning the World Cup slalom title on Sunday by posting the fastest opening time in the final race of the season.
Zenhaeusern must win the race and hope rivals Lucas Braathen and Henrik Kristoffersen falter. The Norwegians are 1-2 in the standings, with Braathen holding a 32-point lead.
Braathen set the fastest split times in the intermediate sectors but finished 0.26 seconds behind Zenhaeusern in second place after a mistake before the finish flat.
Braathen would secure the discipline globe by retaining that position in the final round later on Sunday.
Kristoffersen trailed by 0.80 in fifth but would need to pass teammate Braathen for a shot at the title. Kristoffersen won the slalom title for the third time last season.
Daniel Yule was the only other contender for the globe to enter the race, but the Swiss skier was more than two seconds off the pace in the first run.
Overall World Cup champion Marco Odermatt is not competing in the slaloms. The Swiss ended his season after winning Saturday’s giant slalom and setting the men’s record for most World Cup points in a single season with 2,042 points.
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