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Ahonen just misses Four Hills sweep


Ahonen just misses Four Hills sweep{mosimage}BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria — Janne Ahonen narrowly missed sweeping the Four Hills ski-jumping tour when he finished second Thursday to Martin Hoellwarth in the closing event.

Ahonen, who has won 10 of 12 World Cup events this season, was fourth after the first round with a jump of 132 meters. The Finn improved to 140.5 meters in the second round, but the second- longest effort of the day and a total of 271 points wasn’t enough.

Austrian Hoellwarth won with jumps of 135 and 137 meters, good for 277 points. Daiki Ito of Japan was third with 269.5 points after breaking the hill record with a leap of 143 meters in the second round.

Ahonen finished with 1,043.3 points for the four events. Hoellwarth was second with 994.2, followed by compatriot Thomas Morgenstern with 985.5 points.

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