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SKIING: Schlierenzauer clinches Four Hills jumping title

AFP, PARIS

Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer clinched the Four Hills title for the first time on Friday when he finished third in the fourth and final event of the series in Bischofshofen, Austria.

Schlierenzauer had won the first two rounds in Germany, but his hopes of a third win were dashed by compatriot Andreas Kofler who edged him into second place in Innsbruck.

Another Austrian Thomas Morgenstern, the winner last year, claimed victory on Friday at Bischofshofen with Norway’s Anders Bardal just behind to take second place overall.

“I have been fighting for this for such a long time and the dream has now become a reality. It’s an incredible feeling,” said Schlienrenzauer, who now has a Four Hills title to add to his five world titles and Olympic team gold in Vancouver.

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