Janica Kostelic, a 17-year-old Croatian, overcame a bruised leg yesterday and beat Anja Paerson of Sweden by more than a second to win a World Cup slalom in Sestriere, Italy.

Kostelic's second victory of the season put her in first place in the World Cup standings and strengthened her lead in the specialty standings. She has 420 points after 10 events. Austrian speed specialist Michaela Dorfmeister is second with 342; she did not compete in the slalom.

Kostelic was a questionable starter after bruising her right thigh following a spill during practice Saturday. She was the fastest in both runs, with a combined time of 1 minute 39.36 seconds in the third slalom race of the season.

"I felt pain especially in the first run," she said.

Paerson, 18, finished second in 1:40.48.

MEN'S ALPINE SKIING: A giant slalom in Val D'Isere was postponed when heavy snowfall reduced visibility and made skiing dangerous.

SPEEDSKATING: Monique Garbrecht wrapped up a triumphant four-win weekend in Innsbruck, Austria, with victories in the 500 and 1,000 meters.

The 31-year-old German racer set a track record of 38.41 seconds in the 500-meter race. Russia's Svetlana Zhurova was second in 38.46.

Garbrecht's win in her favorite event, the 1,000 meters, topped off a perfect weekend. She finished in 1 minute 19.70 seconds, eight-hundredths of a second ahead of American Becky Sundstrom.

Two track records were set in the men's events. Russian Dimitry Dorofeev won the 500 meters in 35.81 seconds and Jan Bos of the Netherlands took the 1,000 meters in 1:10.60.

BIATHLON: Russia took a big lead in the third leg of a women's relay and turned it into victory in Pokjuka, Slovenia.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Larissa Lazutina made up a four-second gap in the pursuit portion to lead a 1-2-3 Russian sweep in the combined event of the women's competition in Sappada, Italy.

SKI JUMPING: Finland's Janne Ahonen soared to a victory on the normal hill ahead of German jumper Martin Schmitt. In Villach, Austria, Ahonen twice soared 94.0 meters to collect 251.0 points, six ahead of Schmitt, who jumped 92.50 and 93.0 meters.