Kuttel breaks Olympic hill record and wins World Cup ski jump


Kuttel breaks Olympic hill record and wins World Cup ski jump{mosimage}LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Andreas Kuttel of Switzerland broke the Olympic hill record with a jump of 139 meters to narrowly win a World Cup ski jumping event Saturday.

Competing under lights at the Lysgardsbakken hill, Kuttel was fifth in the first round with a 135-meter jump. In the second round, his big jump was 1.5 meters better than the previous record set by Norway’s Lars Bystol in the opening round.

Kuttel collected 296.2 points for his series. Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic, who won the season opener last weekend in Finland, had two consistent rides of 137 and 137.5 meters for 296.1 points and second place.

Bystol was third – his first podium finish in the World Cup – with 291.7 points after jumps of 137.5 and 134 meters.

American Alan Alborn finished 28th. Alborn, the lone U.S. skier to qualify for the third jumping meet of the season, jumped 125.5 and 116 for 229.2.

- The Associated Press/USSA

World Cup ski jump results
1. Andreas Kuttel, Switzerland, 296.2 points (135-139 meters).
2. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 296.1 (137-137.5).
3. Lars Bystol, Norway, 291.7 (137.5-134).
4. Michael Uhrmann, Germany, 287.2 (135.5-136).
5. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 285.4 (136.5-134).
6. Andreas Widholzl, Austria, 282.5 (132.5-135).
7. Robert Kranjec, Slovenia, 282.1 (134.5-132.5).
8. Roar Ljokelsoy, Norway, 278.9 (133-132.5).
9. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 278.5 (136-129).
10. Adam Malysz, Poland, 277.4 (132.5-133).
11. Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria, 274.0 (129-133.5).
12. Georg Spath, Germany, 269.7 (132-129.5).
13. Takanobu Okabe, Japan, 268.8 (130.5-130.5).
14. Daniel Forfang, Norway, 266.0 (130-130).
15. Matti Hautamaki, Finland, 264.8 (130.5-128).

Overall standings (After 3 of 23 events)
1. Jakub Janda, Czech Republic, 216 points.
2. Janne Ahonen, Finland, 205.
3. Robert Kranjec, Slovenia, 196.
4. Andreas Kuttel, Switzerland, 165.
5. Michael Uhrmann, Germany, 160.
6. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, 109.
7. Adam Malysz, Poland, 107.
8. Andreas Widholzl, Austria, 101.
9. Lars Bystol, Norway, 95.
10. Daniel Forfang, Norway, 74.

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