Trim Panzanini prevails

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Sabina Panzanini yesterday won her second victory of the World Cup season, and then attributed her success to weight loss.

Panzanini, who led an Italian one-two in a giant slalom at Maribor in Slovenia yesterday, underwent treatment at a clinic in the summer after doctors told her that recurring back problems were due to her being overweight. The 24-year-old Panzanini, who won in Park City, Utah, in November, produced the quickest second run yesterday to improve on a first-leg fifth place for a winning aggregate time of 2min 34.74sec.

The first-run leader Deborah Compagnoni, the Olympic and world champion, shared second place with Austria's Anita Wachter in 2:34.82. Compagnoni, who won her maiden slalom victory in Semmering, Austria, last weekend, is one of the favourites for today's slalom here.

Sweden's Pernilla Wiberg retained the lead in the overall World Cup standings with 618 points, ahead of the title-holder Katja Seizinger of Germany on 534, despite finishing 25th yesterday.

Results, Digest, page 23