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Snow queen Riesch claims slalom hat-trick

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  • German skier Maria Riesch completes a World Cup slalom hat-trick in Croatia
  • The 24-year-old returns combined time of one minute 58.96 seconds in Zagreb
  • Unlucky first leg leader Lindsey Vonn of U.S. falls on second run when ahead
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(CNN) -- German skier Maria Riesch completed a World Cup slalom hat-trick in Croatia on Sunday and leapfrogged unlucky American Lindsey Vonn at the top of the overall standings.

Snow queen: Riesch is crowned after completing a World Cup slalom hat-trick with victory in Zagreb.

Snow queen: Riesch is crowned after completing a World Cup slalom hat-trick with victory in Zagreb.

The 24-year-old returned a combined time of one minute 58.96 seconds in Zagreb after first leg leader Vonn crashed just five gates before the finish in the second while ahead on intermediate times.

Italy's Nicole Gius was runner-up in 1:59.40 after a second leg of 59.25 with slalom world championj Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic third in 1:59.59 following two sub-60 second runs.

Snow queen Riesch won the slalom event on the Panorama course at Semmering, Austria, last Monday and also triumphed at La Molina in Spain.

Her latest success leaves her first in the overall rankings with 607 points after 13 of 35 races. Finland's Tanja Poutiainen, seventh on Sunday, is second on 534 followed by Vonn with 530.

Riesch (400) has a lead of 110 points over Vonn in the slalom after five of nine events with Zahrobska tghird on 284.

Austria's Nicole Hosp, the World Cup champion in 2007 and currently sixth overall, hurt her knee when she fell ahead of Sunday's action on the Crveni Spust course.

The 25-year-old was taken to hospital before being transferred to Austria for a scan.

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