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Japanese veteran Okabe wins again after 11 years

Japanese veteran Okabe wins again after 11 years

Japanese veteran Takanobu Okabe won his first World Cup ski jump event for 11 years on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Okabe showed consistency in his jumping with leaps of 123.5 and 123 meters for 241.7 points, just beating Simon Ammann of Switzerland who had 240.4 points from jumps of 119.5 and 126 meters.
Poland's Adam Malysz, a four-time winner of the World Cup title, was third with 239.3 points.
Tuesday marked Okabe's fifth victory of his career. His last one came on March 1, 1998 in a ski-flying event in Vikersund, Norway.
Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, who leads the World Cup standings, placed only 10th, his worst result for the season during which he has won 11 times. The 19-year-old Austrian was only 17th after the first round.
He lost 54 World Cup points to second-place Ammann but still holds a commanding lead towards his first overall title. Schlierenzauer has a gap of 200 points to bridge with four events remaining.
For the second time in three days, Finland's Harri Olli lost a first round lead to place fourth. He led by four points at the Lahti Ski games, and held a 11.6-point margin on Tuesday over Okabe, who was fourth.
Olli had the longest jump in the first round, 130.5 meters, while Malysz had the longest second round leap, 127 meters catapulting him from 12th onto the podium.
Besides Okabe's win, Japan also got a good result with Noriaki Kasai in fifth, and Fumihisa Yumoto in seventh place.


Updated : 2021-04-24 01:32 GMT+08:00