Hirscher wins worlds slalom at home in Austria

By ERIC WILLEMSEN | February 17, 2013 | 9:30 AM EST

Austria's Marcel Hirscher reacts after the first run of the men's slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Sunday, Feb.17,2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the men's slalom title on the last day of the skiing world championships for his first individual gold at a major event.

Hirscher held onto his first-run lead to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 51.03 seconds.

Felix Neureuther of Germany was 0.41 seconds back in second. Mario Matt of Austria took third, 0.65 behind.

Three-time champion Ted Ligety of the United States skied out in the first run.

Hirscher, who finished second to Ligety in the giant slalom, missed the 2011 worlds because of a broken foot.

Hirscher's victory earned the host nation its second gold of the worlds, after the mixed team event.