Norway's Trine Bakke Wins Slalom

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Maribor, Slovenia Jan. 6 (AP)--Trine Bakke of Norway made two flawless runs today to win for the first time this season and take the lead in the women's World Cup slalom standings.

Bakke moved by 18-year-old Croatian Janica Kostelic _ out with a season-ending knee injury _ to take over first place.

The Norwegian took advantage of her No. 1 starting bib and perfect snow conditions on the first run. Starting 30th on the second run, Bakke was undisturbed by the rougher course, and charged down in her aggressive style.

She was fastest in both runs, and had with a combined time of 1 minute, 41.90 seconds. Spela Pretnar of Slovenia was second at 1:42.77, followed by Sabine Egger of Austria at 1:42.99.

Anja Paerson of Sweded wound up fourth, and Christel Saioni of France was fifth.

A slalom specialist, the 24-year-old Bakke won the bronze medal in that discipline last year at the World Championships. But her only previous World Cup victory came last year in St. Anton, Austria.

She had finishes of second and third earlier this season.

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