Anna Fenninger leads World Cup giant slalom

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ARE, Sweden (AP) — Anna Fenninger led the first run of a World Cup giant slalom on Friday, putting herself in position to take the lead in the overall standings.

The Austrian timed 58.49 seconds on a shortened course, 0.12 faster than Anemone Marmottan of France. They also placed 1-2 in Thursday's giant slalom.

Tina Maze of Slovenia, who edged Fenninger for the Olympic title in GS last month, was 0.42 behind in third.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was in 22st place as lower-ranked skiers raced, with 2.02 to make up in the second run under floodlights.

Hoefl-Riesch's 21st-place finish on Thursday allowed Fenninger to move within 67 points of her overall lead.

Fenninger can top the standings with a victory if Hoefl-Riesch finishes no better than eighth. Five races remain this season.

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