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Croatia's Zubcic wins 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.

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.

Ted Ligety of the United States competes in the men's giant slalom during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP PhotoChristopher Jue)

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.

Flip Zubcic of Croatia competes in the men's giant slalom during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP PhotoChristopher Jue)

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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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway competes in the men's giant slalom during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP PhotoChristopher Jue)

Matts Olsson of Sweden competes in the men's giant slalom during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP PhotoChristopher Jue)

Gino Caviezel of Switzerland competes in the men's giant slalom during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP PhotoChristopher Jue)