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RUKA, Finland — Finland's Arttu Lappi won the World Cup ski jumping opener on Friday in an event reduced to one jump because of wind and heavy snow.

RUKA, Finland — Finland's Arttu Lappi won the World Cup ski jumping opener on Friday in an event reduced to one jump because of wind and heavy snow.
    Lappi, jumping fifth, compiled 141 meters for 154.8 points.
    Former double Olympic champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland took second with a 136-meter jump for 145.7 points, beating on style Norwegian rookie Anders Jacobsen, who placed third with 137.5 meters for 145.5 points. Alan Alborn, the only American competing, was 64th.
    ''The event should have been canceled halfway through the first round,'' said Finland's Janne Ahonen, who managed only 90 meters.
    World Cup champion Jakub Janda hit 95.5 meters and was 56th.
    Of the top 15 in last year's World Cup, only two would have qualified for a second round — Thomas Morgenstern of Austria (112.5 meters), 22nd place, and Finland's Matti Hautamaki (106.5), 28th.   

Ruka ski jumping results
RUKA, Finland — Results Friday from the World Cup ski umping season opener (one jump because of bad weather):

1. Arttu Lappi, Finland, 154.8 points (141 meters).
2. Simon Ammann, Switzerland, 145.7 (136.5).
3. Anders Jacobsen, Norway, 145.5 (137.5).
4. Veli-Matti Lindstrom, Finland, 135.6 (132).
5. Michael Neumayer, Germany, 129.9 (130.5).
6. Guido Landert, Switzerland, 126.6 (127).
7. Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria, 122.7 (124).
8. Christian Ulmer, Germany, 121.5 (125).
9. Kalle Keituri, Finland, 121.1 (124.5).
10. Lauri Hakola, Finland, 120.5 (125).
11. Dimitri Vassiliev, Russia, 117.0 (122.5).
12. Stefan Hula, Poland, 116.7 (121.5).
13. Martin Schmitt, Germany, 116.0 (122.5).
(tie) Martin Hollwarth, Austria, 116.0 (122.5).
15. Sigurd Pettersen, Norway, 113.8 (121).
16. Primoz Pikl, Slovenia, 109.6 (119.5).
17. Andreas Aren, Sweden, 106.1 (117).
18. Georg Spath, Germany, 103.0 (115).
19. Denis Kornilov, Russia, 100.1 (114.5).
20. Jorg Ritzerfeld, Germany, 96.1 (112).
21. Tami Kiuru, Finland, 95.7 (111.5).
22. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 95.5 (112.5).
23. Taku Takeuchi, Japan, 94.2 (111.5).
24. David Lazzaroni, France, 93.7 (111.5).
25. Stefan Thurnbichler, Austria, 91.6 (109.5).
26. Primoz Peterka, Slovenia, 87.4 (108).
27. Jernej Damjan, Slovenia, 86.9 (108).
28. Matti Hautamaki, Finland, 85.2 (106.5).
29. Manul Fettner, Austria, 84.8 (106).
30. Jens Saluma, Estonia, 84.4 (105.5).

— The Associated Press

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