Neureuther goes one better than dad by winning Japan slalom

Germany's Felix Neureuther won a World Cup alpine skiing slalom in Japan on Sunday, more than 40 years since his father Christian made the podium at the same venue.

It was a 12th career victory for Neureuther, 31, and a first this season. 

"It is always great to be successful where your father also was. It is a family story," Neureuther told ORF. "I knew I had to give everything." 

His father finished third in 1975, the last time Naeba hosted World Cup races.

On Sunday, fellow German Fritz Dopfer again led after the first run but dropped back to fourth after the second leg.

Sweden's Andre Myhrer was second, 0.05 seconds behind Neureuther with Austrian Marco Schwarz third, 0.24 adrift. 

Neureuther finished with an overall time of one minute 50.93 seconds having managed the first run in 53.97 seconds, placing him fifth.

He then sealed victory in the second run with a storming 56.96 on cut-up snow in bad weather.

"The conditions didn't improve. It had started to rain and my goggles were messed up," said Neureuther.

Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria failed to finish the first run while slalom leader Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway could only finish joint seventh.

Kristoffersen leads the slalom standings with 716 points to Hirscher's 500. Neureuther is third on 323 after eight of 10 events.

The next men's race is a combined event at Chamonix in France on Friday.

The women's World Cup downhill in Crans Montana in Switzerland was cancelled due to heavy snow.

Last update: Sun, 14/02/2016 - 12:28
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