Hirscher strikes gold for hosts

Marcel Hirscher won Austria's first individual gold medal of their home World Championships with victory in the slalom at Schladming.

Hirscher led after the first run and attacked the second to finish in a combined time of one minute 51.03 seconds.

Germany's Felix Neureuther took silver, 0.42secs back, with another Austrian, Mario Matt, getting the bronze.

There was disappointment for American Ted Ligety, looking for a record-equalling fourth gold of these championships, as he skied out on the first run.

"It's been such a tough battle and there was a lot of pressure of course, it's just phenomenal," Hirscher, who had finished second to Ligety in the giant slalom, was quoted as saying by

"I knew the other two were fast, and I had to perform."