Finland's Hautamaki wins World Cup ski jump in Lahti


Finland’s Hautamaki wins World Cup ski jump in Lahti{mosimage}LAHTI, Finland – Matti Hautamaki won a large hill ski jump before his home fans at the Lahti Ski Games on Sunday for his second World Cup victory this season.

The Finn edged Norway’s Roar Ljokelsoy by one point, with Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern third.

Hautamaki jumped 127.5 meters to lead after the first round and then hit 124.5 in the second for 270 points. His other victory this season came last month at Pragelato, Italy, on another large hill.

Ljokelsoy had leaps of 123.5 and 128.5 meters for 269 points. Morgenstern was third with 266.1 after jumps of 126 and 125.5 meters.

Finland’s Janne Ahonen was fourth with 264.9 points but virtually clinched the overall title. With five events left, he leads Ljokelsoy by 418 points, 1,576 to 1,158. Each win is worth 100 points.

Hautamaki, the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, moved to seventh in the overall standings.

The next event is Wednesday at Kuopio.

-The Associated Press



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