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Engelberg jumping: Janda picks up fourth victory

Engelberg jumping: Janda picks up fourth victory{mosimage}ENGELBERG, Switzerland – Jakob Janda of the Czech Republic won his fourth ski jumping event of the season Sunday with the day’s two longest jumps to extend his World Cup lead.

Janda earned 252.2 points after leaps of 129.0 and 130.0 meters to win the large hill and defeat second-placed Michael Uhrmann of Germany by 6.1 points. Uhrmann jumped 128.5 and 128.5 meters.

”It is naturally disappointing that it was not enough to earn me the victory,” Uhrmann said. ”It’s my third time on the podium this season. My form is good. I must no longer worry about (Janne) Ahonen or the other big names. I must only perform consistently and well.”

Austria’s Andreas Kofler was third with 242.6 points, jumping 128.0 and 126.5 meters.
Defending champion Ahonen of Finland, still without a win this season, finished fourth with 238.0 points, after jumps of 128.0 and 127.0 meters.

Janda leads the overall with 552 points, Ahonen is second with 435, and Andreas Kuettel of Switzerland – who was fifth Sunday – dropped to third with 430.
Ahonen had two podium finishes in last weekend’s event in the Czech Republic.
”I’m not that far behind the leader,” said the 28-year-old Ahonen.

Four-time champion Martin Schmitt of Germany opted to skip the Swiss event to train for the Four Hills tournament. He was replaced by Stephan Hocke.

Alan Alborn, the only American competing, was 43rd.

Unfavorable conditions forced the cancellation of a ski jumping event Saturday.

– The Associated Press

World Cup ski jump results
1. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 252.2 points (129.0 meters-130.0 meters).
2. Michael Uhrmann, Germany, 246.1 (128.5-128.5).
3. Andreas Kofler, Austria, 242.6 (128.0-126.5).
4. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 238.0 (128.0-127.0).
5. Andreas Kuettel, Switzerland, 236.3 (127.0-124.0).
6. Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria, 227.5 (126.0-121.5).
7. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 220.9 (122.5-123.0).
8. Rok Benkovic, Slovenia, 219.4 (124.0-121.5).
9. Andreas Widhoelzl, Austria, 217.9 (124.5-118.5).
10. Tommy Ingebrigtsen, Norway, 217.6 (122.5-122.0).
11. Martin Koch, Austria, 215.9 (122.5-120.5).
12. Lars Bystoel, Norway, 214.6 (122.5-119.5).
13. Adam Malysz, Poland, 214.2 (120.5-121.0).
14. Simon Ammann, Switzerland, 213.2 (123.0-118.5).
15. Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norway, 211.8 (120.0-120.0).

Overall standings
(After 7 of 23 events)

1. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 552 points.
2. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 435.
3. Andreas Kuettel, Switzerland, 430.
4. Michael Uhrmann, Germany, 367.
5. Andreas Widhoelzl, Austria, 254.
6. Adam Malysz, Poland, 240.
7. Lars Bystoel, Norway, 239.
8. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 228.
9. Robert Kranjec, Slovenia, 206.
10. Roar Ljoekelsoey, Norway, 180.
11. Andreas Kofler, Austria, 167.
12. Simon Ammann, Switzerland, 122.
13. Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria, 118.
14. Primoz Peterka, Slovenia, 109.
15. Georg Spaeth, Germany, 106.

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