March 4, 2018 / 5:51 PM / 9 months ago

Alpine Skiing - Brignone wins combined, Holdener takes title

FILE PHOTO: Feb 22, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Wendy Holdener (SUI) celebrates winning the bronze medal in the ladies' alpine skiing combined event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Federica Brignone of Italy won the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup combined event at Crans-Montana in Switzerland as Swiss Wendy Holdener secured the season’s combined title on Sunday.

Brignone, Olympic giant slalom bronze medallist at last month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, was 0.91 seconds off the pace in fifth after the super-G leg but recovered in the slalom to clock an overall winning time of one minute 46.47 seconds.

She was 0.03 seconds faster overall than second-placed Swiss Michelle Gisin, the Olympic champion in the combined discipline, with Petra Vlhova of Slovakia third.

Holdener, fourth in Sunday’s race, won her second combined title with Gisin second and Brignone third.

Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Toby Davis and Clare Fallon

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