Andreas Kofler ended Gregor Schlierenzauer’s winning run in the Four Hills by winning the third event in Innsbruck, according to Eurosport. The World Cup leader produced a second jump of 131.5 match to climb from joint fourth to the top of the podium.
Austrian compatriot Schlierenzauer, winner on this hill in 2010, was second after his opening effort but a leap of 123m meant he could not add to his victories in Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Kofler’s points total of 252.8 was 5.2 better than Schlierenzauer and he now trails by 17 points going into Friday’s final event in Bischofshofen as he chases his second Four Hills title.
Kofler still tops the overall World Cup standings with 768 points with second-placed Schlierenzauer seeking to close the 112-point gap by clinching his first ever Four Hills championship.
“It was one of the biggest victories for me,” said Kofler. “The conditions made it hard to jump but it’s amazing to be here and I was really pleased to get the victory in the end.”