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Ski Jumping: Morgenstern wins Four Hills event in Innsbruck

Thomas Morgenstern won the third event of the 59th Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria. The 24-year-old Austrian leapt to 129.5 and 126.5 metres for 266.5 points – nine clear of second-placed Adam Malysz of Poland, who managed 128 and 123 metres, according to Eurosport. The victory is Morgenstern’s second of the four-event tournament – after his December 29th win in Oberstdorf – and leaves him top of the overall rankings just one event remaining.


“I feel very good, and the atmosphere here was fantastic,” Morgenstern said after his triumph. Norwegian Tom Hilde took third place in Innsbruck with jumps of 127.5 and 122 metres for 255.2 points, leaving four-times Olympic champion Simon Ammann just outside the top three with jumps of 128 and 122 metres – for 252.7 points. Morgenstern is now favourite to claim overall victory when the prestigious Four Hills tournament concludes in Bischofshofen on Thursday, after extending his overall lead to 27.3 points over Ammann.


“Realistically, the Tour has been decided today,” Ammann said. “It will be very difficult for me chase down more than 27 points in Bischofshofen.”


HEIKKINEN WINS IN OBERSTDORF


Matti Heikkinen claimed a dramatic victory in Oberstdorf’s 20-kilometre pursuit – the fourth event of the Tour de Ski. The 27-year-old Finn overtook Dario Cologna with 500 metres to go – claiming victory by a single second with a time of 49 minutes and 20.1 seconds. Cologna’s second-place finish was, however, enough for the Swiss to maintain his overall Tour lead. Czech Martin Jaks edged Jean Marc Gaillard of France for third place after a photo-finish, finishing 4.9 seconds behind Heikkinen.

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