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Morgenstern takes Four Hills opener with big second leap

Morgenstern takes Four Hills opener with big second leap

Thomas Morgenstern had the best leap of the day in the second round Sunday to win the first stop of the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping tournament.
The Austrian, who has won seven of eight World Cup events this season, was boosted by optimal wind conditions on his second jump of 141.5 meters, pushing him past first-round leader Gregor Schlierenzauer.
Morgenstern finished with 295.9 points while Schlierenzauer was second with 280.7, and four-time Four Hills winner Janne Ahonen of Finland captured third with 279.0.
"That was one of my best jumps ever _ just a huge feeling," said Morgenstern, who got his first win in the tournament.
The 21-year-old Morgenstern is coming off a record six straight World Cup wins to open the season, and could equal Germany's Sven Hannawald as the only jumper to win all four competitions in the tournament, which also includes competitions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and the Austrian resorts of Innsbruck and Bischofshofen.
"I'm jumping very well so a lot is possible," Morgenstern said. "But right now what is important is the next event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Then we'll see."
Schlierenzauer settled for second for the fourth time this season behind Morgenstern. After an opening leap of 136.0, he fought a back wind on his second jump, managing only 130.5 in front of 22,500 spectators.
"I will keep fighting, the Four Hills still has a way to go," Schlierenzauer said.
Austria's Andreas Kofler was injured in a crash on his first jump and will miss will miss the other Four Hills events.


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:32 GMT+08:00