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Manninen wins combined event in Sapporo, with Lodwick in fifth


Manninen wins combined event in Sapporo, with Lodwick in fifth{mosimage}USSA — Todd Lodwick moved up 12 places during the two rounds of jumping Sunday to finish tied for fifth in a nordic combined World Cup meet in Sapporo, Japan, won by Finn Hannu Manninen.

Manninen edged teammate Samppa Lajunen by 0.2 seconds and took over the World Cup points lead with his fourth win of the season. Also for the U.S., Johnny Spillane was 23rd and Carl Van Loan finished 30th.

Lodwick, 17th in the 10km race, was third best in the 120-meter jumping to advance to his fifth top-five of the season. He wound up tied for fifth with former World Cup champion Felix Gottwald of Austria. Spillane was 19th in the race while Van Loan, in arguably the best race of his World Cup career, was 12th fastest but slid in the jumping phase.

The mass start reverses the traditional nordic combined format of jumping, then ski racing. Athletes race over a 10km course, then face two rounds of jumping. The field is pared to the top 30 after the first round.

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