Duerr keeps Shiffrin waiting for record-equalling win

  • Shiffrin second in Spindleruv slalom
  • American loses out to Germany's Duerr by 0.06 margin
  • Stenmark's record 86 wins remains unequalled
  • Shiffrin clinches slalom World Cup globe

Jan 29 (Reuters) - Germany's Lena Duerr won a women's World Cup slalom in the Czech resort of Spindleruv Mlyn on Sunday to thwart Mikaela Shiffrin's bid to equal Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's record 86 victories.

The seemingly unstoppable American skier led by 0.67 seconds after the first run but an 86th win slipped from her grasp in the final metres.

Last out of the start hut, Shiffrin was still 0.15 quicker than Duerr at the final split but crossed the line 0.06 slower and second overall.

The four-times overall World Cup winner was only 14th fastest over the second run but second place secured her the World Cup slalom title for a seventh time and with two races to spare.

In the overall World Cup standings, Shiffrin has a commanding lead of 731 points over Slovakia's Petra Vlhova.

Croatia's Zrinka Ljutic completed Sunday's podium, her first in the World Cup at the age of 19.

Duerr's win was the first in 11 years by a German skier in women's slalom.

Shiffrin will now have to wait until after the Feb. 6-19 Alpine world championships in the French resorts of Courchevel and Meribel to have her next attempt on Stenmark's record.

Speed races are scheduled for Crans Montana, Switzerland, at the end of February and in early March in Kvitfjell, Norway, before the skiers move to Sweden for a giant slalom and slalom in Are on March 10-11.

Shiffrin's 28th birthday is on March 13.

"The last months have been non-stop. It's been so many amazing races, I do not expect to win every one," she said on Sunday.

"After yesterday and the first run today felt amazing. The second run maybe I didn’t risk enough to earn the win but to get second and on the podium and secure the slalom globe is amazing for me."

The American's 83rd win, in the Italian resort of Kronplatz on Tuesday, sent her clear of retired compatriot Lindsey Vonn as the female skier with most World Cup wins and she had been bidding for a fourth in the space of a week.

Stenmark won his 86 races in the 1970s and 1980s, with the first a slalom at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio in 1974 and the final victory in a giant slalom at Aspen in 1989.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Alison Williams and Ed Osmond

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