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Croatia's Zubcic comes back from 12th to win men's World Cup giant slalom in Japan

Filip Zubcic of Croatia won a men's World Cup giant slalom race in Japan on Saturday after coming from 12th place after the first run.

Switzerland's Odermatt takes silver, American Ford finishes with bronze

Croatia's Filip Zubcic, seen above earlier in February, won gold in men's World Cup giant slalom on Friday in Japan. (Marco Trovati/The Associated Press)

Filip Zubcic of Croatia won a men's World Cup giant slalom race in Japan on Saturday after coming from 12th place after the first run.

Zubcic had a strong second run for a combined time of 2 minutes, 37.25 seconds to finish 0.74 seconds ahead of Switzerland"s Marco Odermatt. Tommy Ford of the United States was third, 1.07 seconds off the pace.

"I was always hoping to win a World Cup race and I knew it could come this season as I have been skiing really fast lately.," Zubcic said. "This victory is for my family and my team, who have been supporting me for the last 21 years."

It was the second career podium for Ford after winning his home race in Beaver Creek in December.

WATCH | Zubcic storms back to win gold:

Filip Zubcic's 2nd run time of 1:19.04 was enough to vault himself into the top spot in the men's giant slalom World Cup race from Yuzawa Naeba, Japan. 1:58

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won the first run, 0.67 seconds ahead of compatriot Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen.

Nestvold-Haugen and Kristoffersen finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Ted Ligety of the United States finished 11th.

Zan Kranjec of Slovenia, who leads the overall giant slalom standings, was ninth.

Last week's men's downhill in China was cancelled over fears of the coronavirus. The event had been scheduled for Feb. 15 in Yanqing to start a two-race weekend.

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