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Nef clinches Swiss title

Nef (centre) celebrates with Rey-Bellet (left) and Kummer

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Having already won this season's giant slalom World Cup and world championship crowns, Swiss skier Sonja Nef had no difficulty in grabbing the national giant slalom title on Saturday.

The 28 year old from canton Aargau finished her two runs at the Swiss championships in Engelberg with a combined time of 2'09"62, to finish more than a second ahead of national team colleague Corinne Rey-Bellet.

"I didn't want to suffer my first defeat of 2001 here," said Nef after picking up what was her fourth Swiss title, following two earlier giant slalom successes and one in the slalom.

"What I want now is to be able to freeze my current form until next winter," said the Swiss star, who is heading for a two week break in the Indian Ocean after Sunday's slalom.

"After that comes the hardest time for me, with daily fitness training," Nef continued. "After that I'll be desperate to get back on the skis."

Lilian Kummer took third place in Saturday's race, to further embellish her own successful season. The 25-year-old from canton Valais has already won this year's overall Europa Cup title as well as achieving an unexpected fourth-place finish in the world championship giant slalom.

This winter's unusually warm weather has caused the Swiss championships to be split between two locations. On Sunday attention will remain focussed on Engelberg for the women's slalom race.

The competition then switches to St Moritz, where the speed events are being held, before returning to Engelberg next weekend for the remaining technical races.

swissinfo with agencies


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