Skiing: Tomba in clear victory

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ALBERTO TOMBA delivered a warning to his Olympic challengers yesterday by winning his second slalom race in eight days and eclipsing all his rivals by more than a second. Tomba carved out a huge lead in his first run and then outstripped his closest rivals in his second run to win the race at Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany, for the second year running.

'He's looking really strong. I've never seen him ski this good,' Tomas Fogdoe, who came second, said after the race. Fogdoe finished 1.11 seconds after Tomba in a repeat of the winning order of last week's slalom at Chamonix.

Tomba's victory came in the first race to be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen since Ulrike Maier, the Austrian former world champion, died there in a women's downhill nine days ago. A men's downhill had been scheduled for Saturday but was called off for safety reasons; yesterday's slalom race was held on a different slope.

Hilde Gerg, an 18-year-old German, won her first World Cup race yesterday, beating Italy's Isolde Kostner into second place to win the Super-G race at Sierra Nevada, Spain. The real upset of the race, however, came when Vreni Schneider, the Swiss skier, finished in 13th place in a discipline in which she rarely competes, and earned enough points to take her back to the top of the overall World Cup standings.

Results, Sporting Digest,

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