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Bischofshofen jumping: Janda, Ahonen share Four Hills

Bischofshofen jumping: Janda, Ahonen share Four Hills{mosimage}BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria – Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic and Finland’s Janne Ahonen finished on level points overall to share the Four Hills winner’s trophy on Friday.

Ahonen won Friday’s World Cup event in Bischofshofen to pull level with Janda. It was the first time in the 54-year history of the Four Hills Tour that two athletes have shared the title.

Ahonen also celebrated his fourth overall victory, equaling German Jens Weissflog’s all-time record.

Janda led after the first leg and everything seemed to go his way. Thanks to a better style grade, Janda extended his overall lead to three points ahead of the final jump.

“I was a little bit nervous ahead of the event. It was pretty crazy,” said Ahonen, who “risked it all” on his final attempt to land the day’s biggest jump of 141.5 meters.

Ahonen outdistanced his rival by 2.5 meters and recorded his first career win in Bischofshofen to pull level with Janda overall at the last moment.

“After four events, we are equal on points so it is only fair both of us are winners,” Janda said.

Janda and Ahonen scored 1,081.5 points to share first place. Norway’s Roar Ljoekelsoey finished third with 1,057.1.

While Janda secured his top finish with four podiums in as many competitions, Ahonen earned two wins.

Ahonen won the Four Hills for the fourth time following his victories in 1998-99, 2002-03 and 2004-05. Weissflog won in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1990-91 and 1995-96.

“It means a lot to me that I have leveled Jens’ record,” the Finn said.
Ahonen shrugged off suggestions he and Janda were jumping in a league of their own.

“Jakub and me are both in good form, are very self-confident. But it is not true that we are in a league of our own,” Ahonen said. “Already at Kulm other rivals will come back. Ski flying is a different matter.”

On Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, the Ski Flying World Championships will be held from Jan. 12-15.

Ski jumping results, Four Hills
Results Friday from the final leg of the ski jumping Four Hills Tour on the Schattenberg ski jump (distances in parentheses):
1. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 293.0 points (141-141.5 meters).
2. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 291.0 (141-139).
3. Roar Ljoekelsoey, Norway, 282.0 (137-138).
4. Andreas Kuettel, Switzerland, 277.7 (137-137).
5. Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norway, 265.8 (134-134.5).
6. Takanobu Okabe, Japan, 264.6 (135.5-131.5).
7. Alexander Herr, Germany, 262.0 (132-135.5).
8. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 257.6 (132-130).
9. Andreas Widhoelzl, Austria, 256.6 (132.5-132).
10. Andreas Kofler, Austria, 255.9 (129-134).

Four Hills Tour
Final standings

1. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 1,081.5 points.
(tied) Janne Ahonen, Finland, 1,081.5.
3. Roar Ljokelsoy, Norway, 1,057.1.
4. Andreas Kuettel, Switzerland, 1,022.9.

World Cup standings
After 11 of 23 events

1. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 872 points.
2. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 755.
3. Andreas Kuettel, Switzerland, 577.
4. Michael Uhrmann, Germany, 461.
5. Roar Ljoekelsoey, Norway, 410.
6. Lars Bystoel, Norway, 358.
7. Andreas Widhoelzl, Austria, 345.
8. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 316.
9. Andreas Kofler, Austria, 273.
10. Adam Malysz, Poland, 270.

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