World Cup slalom: Britain's Dave Ryding records career-best result

Dave Ryding on his way to a career-best sixth
Dave Ryding on his way to a career-best sixth

Dave Ryding recorded a best British alpine result for 15 years as he finished a career-high sixth at a World Cup slalom in Finland.

Only Scot Alain Baxter has finished higher in a World Cup slalom, when he was fourth in Are, Sweden, in 2001.

Konrad Bartelski holds the best British alpine result after coming second in a downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy, 35 years ago.

Ryding, from Lancashire, had never previously finished in the top 10.

He told BBC Sport: "I am delighted. I am sure no-one expected a Brit in the top six!

"I have been skiing well and performing in training but this was better than I would have expected.

"I really had to focus before the second run and give it everything to stay up the rankings. I was aiming to get a solid top 15 so sixth is amazing."

Ryding does not receive UK Sport funding as he builds up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be the 29-year-old's third Games.

In Finland, Ryding was fourth after the first run of two on a foggy Levi course but a couple of errors cost him a podium place.

Austrian world number one Marcel Hirscher claimed his 40th World Cup victory ahead of compatriot Michael Matt, with Italy's Manfred Molgg third.

Ryding's result capped a successful weekend for British winter sports as snowboarders Aimee Fuller and Billy Morgan finished fourth and seventh respectively at a World Cup big air in Milan.

Big air will make its debut in the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018.

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