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Manninen Wins Nordic Combined Again


Manninen Wins Nordic Combined Again{mosimage}SAPPORO, Japan (AP) Hannu Manninen of Finland won his fifth straight Nordic combined World Cup event Saturday after building a lead in the cross-country sprint.

Ronny Ackermann of Germany was second and Magnus Moan of Norway was third. Todd Lodwick of the United States finished 10th.

Manninen took a 17-second lead after the 10-kilometer sprint and then nailed jumps of 119.5 meters and 109.5 meters for 226.8 points. His sprint time was 24 minutes, 54.9 seconds.

Manninen has seven titles this season and leads the overall standings after 13 rounds with 946 points. He is followed by Ackermann (784) and Lodwick (546).

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