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Skiing: Ligety wins again

Ted Ligety won his third gold medal at the Alpine World Ski Championships after storming to victory in the giant slalom.

American Ligety, who had already won the super-G and super combined, looked unstoppable after setting a first run time of 1 minute 13.14 seconds, a full 1.31s faster than Aksel Svindal of Norway.

Downhill winner Svindal fell away to fourth place, with Austria's Marcel Hirscher moving up one place to finish second, and Manfred Moelgg producing an excellent second run to claim bronze.

But Ligety showed no signs of letting his lead slip as he eased down the course to set a combined time of 2:28.92, 0.81s clear of the second-placed Austrian.

"I'm super pumped. It's such a cool feeling and I'm glad to have got it," Ligety said.

"I don't know how easy it was. It was on the limit, and I took some risks, it was dark and bumpy. I heard the cheering in the finish area (when Hirscher briefly took the lead), but I didn't feel pressure. I had a 1.3s lead."

The win makes Ligety the first man to win three or more gold medal at the same World Championships since Jean-Claude Killy won four golds in 1968.

Ligety will get the chance to match Killy when he starts as one of the favourites for the men's slalom on Sunday.