Furuseth Leads Men's Slalom

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Yongpyong, South Korea, Feb. 26 (AP)--Ole Kristian Furuseth, a master of skiing in the Far East, led Mitja Kunc of Slovenia by one-tenth of a second after the first of two runs of a men's World Cup slalom on Sunday.

Furuseth, whose last victory was on this course two years ago, negotiated the 55-gate layout in 46.08 seconds to Kunc's 46.18. Furuseth, who turned 33 last month, has won seven races in a 14-year career, including a slalom at Furano, Japan, and a giant slalom at Shigakogen, Japan, in 1989. He has four other top-three placings in Far East races.

Kunc, who was fourth in Saturday's giant slalom, had a margin of .10 seconds over Germany's Marcus Eberle in Sunday's first run, followed by two-time race winner Didier Plaschy of Switzerland at 46.41 and Mario Matt of Austria, also a winner this season, at 46.45.

Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt, the season leader in the World Cup slalom standings, was seventh, .72 seconds behind his teammate.

Erik Schlopy, of Park City, Utah, finsihed 10th in 47.16 seconds and was the only North American to finish among the top 30 and earn a second run.

Bode Miller, of Franconia, N.H., and Sacha Gros, of Vail, Colo., as well as Canada's Jean-Philippe Roy, failed to complete the first run.

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