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Ahonen jumps hill record at World Cup in Willingen; Herr injured


Ahonen jumps hill record at World Cup in Willingen; Herr injured{mosimage}WILLINGEN, Germany – Finland’s Janne Ahonen went a hill-record 152 meters Sunday to win for the 11th time in 13 ski jumping World Cup events this season. Ahonen was just sixth after his first leap of 135 meters but then uncorked a the record-setting second jump to total 279.1 points.

Austria’s Martin Hoellwarth was second with 274.8 off jumps of 137 and 146.5 meters. Switzerland’s Andreas Kuettel finished third with 267.5 points after jumps of 136.5 and 141.

Ahonen’s second jump broke the hill record set by Poland’s Adam Malysz by half a meter.

Ahonen has 1,260 points in the overall World Cup standings, followed by Hoellwarth with 717.

And the previous day…
Germany’s win in the team ski jumping World Cup on Saturday was overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Alexander Herr. His leap of 148 meters helped Germany win, but he crashed on a windy, rainy day and was hospitalized for a left knee injury. He is expected to miss the world championships in six weeks.

Georg Spaeth went 147 meters to seal the victory for Germany, which finished with 481.2 points. Finland was second with 466.9, followed by Austria with 429.6.

-The Associated Press

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