March 7, 1996 in Sports

Seizinger Clinches Title

Compiled From Wire Services

Katja Seizinger became the first German in 20 years to capture the women’s overall World Cup championship, finishing third today in the final downhill of the season.

Seizinger, 23, finished well ahead of her closest rivals, Anita Wachter of Austria and fellow German Martina Ertl, to take an unbeatable 349-point lead with three races left.

Heidi Zurbriggen, a 28-year-old Swiss veteran who is considering retiring, won the race on a shortened course in 1 minute, 10.25 seconds for her first World Cup title. Italy’s Isolde Kostner was second in 1:20.26 and Seizinger followed in 1:10.60.

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