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MARC GIRARDELLI, of Luxembourg, won a record fifth World Cup overall title yesterday by finishing third in the giant slalom at Are in Sweden yesterday.

MEN'S WORLD CUP GIANT SLALOM (Are, Sweden): 1 K A Aamodt (Nor) 2min 28.65sec (1:13.71, 1:14.94); 2 A Tomba (It) 2:29.39 (1:13.99, 1:15.40); 3 M Girardelli (Lux) 2:30.10 (1:14.49, 1:15.61); 4 F Nyberg (Swe) 2:30.36 (1:15.42, 1:14.94); 5 L Kjus (Nor) 2:31.12 (1:15.22, 1:15.90); 6 F Piccard (Fr) 2:31.15 (1:16.12, 1:15.03); 7 A Feutrier (Fr) 2:31.61 (1:15.43, 1:16.18); 8 M von Grunigen (Swit) 2:31.90 (1:15.58, 1:16.32); 9 P Accola (Swit) 2:32.00 (1:15.94, 1:16.06); 10 S Locher (Swit) 2:32.22 (1:16.22, 1:16.00). Final standings: 1 Aamodt 410pts; 2 Tomba 381; 3 Girardelli 372; 4 Kjus 254; 5 Nyberg 250; 6 Von Grunigen 236; 7 Wallner 208; 8 Accola 168; 9 Feutrier 148; 10 Pieren 143. Leading overall World Cup standings: 1 Girardelli; 1,379pts; 2 Aamodt 1,267; 3 F Heinzer (Swit) 828; 4 Tomba 817; 5 Mader 800; 6 A Skaardal (Nor) 596; 7 P Ortlieb (Aut) 560; 8 D Mahrer (Swit) 556; 9 A Assinger (Aut) 533; 10 J E Thorsen (Nor) 460.

GERMANY'S Katja Seizinger lost her skis in a last-gate fall on the second leg of a giant slalom in Are yesterday, but she still leads the World Cup overall standings with only today's slalom remaining. Her momentum carried her across the finish line and she was credited with fourth place behind France's Carole Merle.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP GIANT SLALOM (Are, Swe): 1 C Merle (Fr) 2min 29.65sec (1:15.61, 1:14.04); 2 D Compagnoni (It) 2:29.75 (1:16.10, 1:13.65); 3 A Wachter (Aut) 2:30.74 (1:15.61, 1:15.13); 4 K Seizinger (Ger) 2:30.81 (1:16.66, 1:14.15); 5 H Zeller (Swit) 2:31.15 (1:16.49, 1:14.66); 6 M Gallizio (It) 2:31.27 (1:17.13, 1:14.14); 7 A Berge (Nor) 2:31.41 (1:16.20, 1:15.21); 8 S Panzanini (It) 2:31.44 (1:17.03, 1:14.41); 9 U Maier (Aut) 2:31.67 (1:16.36, 1:15.31); 10 M Ertl (Ger) 2:31.83 (1:16.20, 1:15.63). Final standings: 1 Merle 480pts; 2 Wachter 396; 3 Ertl 278; 4 Maier 252; 5 Zeller 245; 6 Panzanini 238; 7 Seizinger 234; 8 Compagnoni 200; 9 C Meier (Ger) 199; 10 Berge 162. Leading overall World Cup standings: 1 Seizinger 1,266pts; 2 Wachter 1,262; 3 Merle 1,086; 4 M Vogt (Ger) 683; 5 Maier 678; 6 Zeller 599; 7 Ertl 581; 8 K Lee-Gartner (Can) 565; 9 R Hausl (Ger) 553; 10 V Schneider (Swit) 526.

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