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Anna Fenninger wins 2nd World Cup giant slalom in 2 days

Anna Fenninger seized the lead in the overall World Cup standings on Friday in Are, Sweden, by winning a giant slalom for the second straight day.

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Reisch trails Austrian by 7 points for overall lead

Anna Fenninger of Austria competes during the World Cup women's Giant Slalom on Friday in Are, Sweden. (Nisse Schmidt/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

AnnaFenninger seized the lead in the overall World Cup standings on Friday in Are, Sweden, by winning a giant slalom for the second straight day.

The 24-year-old Austrian extended her first-leg lead to beat Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.61 seconds.

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden was third, trailing 0.68 behind Fenninger's combined time of 2 minutes, 00.15 seconds, and retained her lead in the season-long GS standings.

Still, it is Fenninger who leads overall, taking a slender seven-point advantage — 1,151 to 1,144 — over Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.

Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 overall champion, had a better second run yet still placed 10th, 2.32 behind Fenninger.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was 25th and Marie-Pier Prefontaine of St-Sauveur, Que., didn't qualify for the second run.

Five scheduled races remain this season, starting with a slalom on Saturday.

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