Claude Perrot of France won the slalom event of the Vitranc Cup (European Cup) on Sunday at Kranjska Gora in northwestern Yugoslavia.
Claude Perrot of France won the slalom event of the Vitranc Cup (European Cup) on Sunday at Kranjska Gora in northwestern Yugoslavia. He clocked a total of 98.67 seconds for both runs. Second was Gustav Thoeni of Italy, winner of the giant-slalom event, and third, Alfred Matt of Austria. Thoeni was best in the second run with Perrot less than one second behind.
Both runs were through sixty gates with a vertical drop of 160 metres (175 yards). Sixty-one competitors started the second leg out of one hundred and seven originally entered. In the second run, twenty-two either abandoned the event or were disqualified.
Kranjska Gora is Yugoslavia's most developed winter-sports resort and one of the few European centres at the time with sufficient snow cover for the competition.
SYNOPSIS: This year's European Cup skiing event...the Vitranc Cup ... was held in northwestern Yugoslavia at the Kranjska Gora winter sports resort. About two thousand spectators saw a Frenchman, Claude Perrot, win the slalom event in the face of strong opposition.
Of one hundred and seven entrants, less than half finished the event. Both runs were through sixty gates with a vertical drop of one hundred and sixty metres.
West Germany's Max Rieger finished fourth. He was in sixth place after the first run, but improved his time slightly in the second.
The Italian Olympic Gold Medallist, Gustavo Thoeni, was beaten into second place by the narrowest of margins. After the fastest run of the event, he was just one twenty-fifth of a second slower than the winner. Alfred Matt of Austria was placed third.
The winner, Claude Perrot, was second behind Italy's Fausto Radici after the first run. Perrot picked up time on the second.
It was a difficult course and more than forty competitors were eliminated in the first run. Another twenty-two dropped out or were disqualified on the second.
Several skiers who were well placed after the first stage, finished well down in the placing after falls in the second. They included Italian Fausto Radici and France's G. Bonnevie who were first and third fastest before abandoning the event.
One of Japan's five entrants in the slalom, M. Kashiwagi, survived the first round, but fell spectacularly in the second. He was not injured.
Kranjska Gora is Yugoslavia's most developed winter sports resort, and was one of the few European centres with sufficient snow at the time to stage the event.
It was the twelfth European Cup and attracted top skiers from nineteen countries.