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Schlierenzauer wins second World Cup title

KUOPIO, Finland (AFP) –

Gregor Schlierenzauer lands after his first jump in Kuopio, Finland, on March 12, 2013

World cup leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria lands after his first jump in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Large Hill competition in Kuopio, Finland, on March 12, 2013. Schlierenzauer won the men’s ski jump World Cup overall title for the second time on Tuesday after finishing fifth in the event here.

Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer won the men’s ski jump World Cup overall title for the second time on Tuesday after finishing fifth in the event here.

The 23-year-old, who won his previous title in the 2008/09 season, holds a 469-point lead over outgoing world number one Anders Bardal with just 400 points to play for in the last four events.

Schlierenzauer dominated the season, landing the prestigious Four Hills competition for the second time and with eight victories during the campaign set a record for the most World Cup victories with 48.

Poland’s big hill world champion Kamil Stoch won the event here with 268.1 points in front of Daiki Ito of Japan (257.2 pts) while German Severin Freund was third (255.2 pts).

Results

1. Kamil Stoch (POL) 268.1 (135.0 + 129.0m), 2. Daiki Ito (JPN) 257.2 (129.0 + 132.0), 3. Severin Freund (GER) 255.2 (129.5 + 130.0), 4. Anders Bardal (NOR) 253.7 (129.0 + 127.5), 5. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 253.5 (128.5 + 128.0)

Overall (after 24 of 28 events):

1. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 1381pts, 2. Anders Bardal (NOR) 912, 3. Severin Freund (GER) 819, 4. Anders Jacobsen (NOR) 792, 5. Kamil Stoch (POL) 747, 6. Richard Freitag (GER) 645, 7. Robert Kranjec (SLO) 612, 8. Tom Hilde (NOR) 571, 9. Michael Neumayer (GER) 570, 10. Jan Matura (CZE) 557

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