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RYDING 9TH AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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It's his best result at a World Championships and is thanks to a brilliant second run after a disappointing first. UPDATED



The 32-year-old British number one charged up the rankings from 20th place at the end of the first run to finish 9th.

It was a case of what could have been, if only his first run had been as good.

He might even had got a medal.

His second run was the third fastest.

But 9th is still a great result for the Brit.

It's his first top 10 at a World Championships.

He finished 11th at St Moritz in 2017.

Dave RydingRyding ready for his second run charge






















Ryding will be back in action in the parallel slalom on Tuesday evening at the World Cup City Event in Stockholm.

He has recorded three of his top five World Cup results in the knockout format.

They include a 2nd-place finish on New Year's Day in Oslo and 4th at the corresponding event in Stockholm in 2017.

The World Cup City Event will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 from Tuesday 1620 GMT.

Ryding's World Championships result on Sunday is his fifth top 10 of the season - sixth if you count his silver medal at the non-World Cup invitational slalom at Crans-Montana in January. 

"A day of two halves yesterday.. 1st run stinker, 2nd run charger" was Ryding's assessment of his performance

"It was a dam tough day.. 1 minute 3 seconds slalomms are taxing to say the least."

The race was won by a dominant Marcel Hirscher, despite a relatively poor second run. 

He led an Austrian 1-2-3.

His teammates Michael Matt and Marco Schwarz were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Worlds Championships 2019 slalom podiumAustrian dominance


























It's Hirscher's third World Championships slalom title and his second medal at these championships.

He won silver in the GS on Friday behind Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen.

Marcel HirscherHirscher is slalom World Champion for a third time






















Dave Ryding had a frustrating first run.

He looked to be going well on the top half of the course, just 0.50 seconds behind leader Marcel Hirscher at the first split.

But he was one of many skiers who found the bottom section tricky.

He continued to lose time as he went down the course, crossing the finish line 3.12 seconds off the pace, in 13th position.

Dave RydingRyding a long way back after run 1






















By the time all the top racers had gone, he was in 20th, leaving him a lot to do in the second run to get into the top 10.

Standings after run one, World Championships slalomRyding 20th after run one























It makes his result of 9th even more impressive. 

He made up more places than any skier in the top 30.

Ryding's results this season to date:
  • Levi - 12th
  • Saalbach - 23rd
  • Madonna di Campiglio - 4th
  • Oslo parallel slalom - 2nd
  • Zagreb - 11th
  • Adelboden - DNF
  • Crans-Montana invitational (non World Cup) - 2nd
  • Wengen - 8th
  • Kitzbuhel - 15th
  • Schladming - 9th
  • World Championships, Åre - 9th
The British number two, Laurie Taylor, skied out on final section of the first run.

GB had two other skiers in the race, making their World Championships debuts. 

Zak Vinter and Billy Major came through qualifying on Saturday to be among the 100 starters in the World Championships.

Both put in a good first run, picking up places on each timing split.

At the end of run one, Major was 43rd and Vinter 46th.

In the World Championships - unlike the World Cup tour - all racers who finish the first run get a second.

Zak Vinter had a great second run, moving up nine places to finish 37th.

Unfortunately Billy Major was unable to finish his second run.

Read more on the latest GB Snowsport results across the disciplines

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The next Alpine World Championships will be held in Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites in February 2021.

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