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Norwegian Ski Jumper Pettersen Captures 4th World Cup Event of Career - 2003-12-29

Ski jumper Sigurd Pettersen of Norway captured the fourth World Cup event of his career Monday by dominating the first of the prestigious Four Hills jumping events in Oberstdorf, Germany.

After taking the lead on his first jump, the 23-year-old Pettersen soared 143.5 meters on his second leap on the rebuilt Schattenburg slope, a good 10 meters farther than anyone else on the leaderboard. Pettersen collected 295.2 points overall and grabbed his second World Cup win of the season.

Austrians Thomas Morgenstern and Martin Hoellwarth finished second and third on the K-120 hill.

Sven Hanneval of Germany, the defending champion, finished 18th. He said it was discouraging to see the Norwegian shatter the old hill record by nearly 10 meters on his second leap.

In the overall World Cup standings, Norway's Roar Ljokelsoy retains his lead with 317 points, but Pettersen is right behind him at 306. Janne Ahonen of Finland is third at 288 while Poland's Adam Malysz is fourth with 269.

The Four Hills tournament is the most renowned event on the ski jumping circuit. The next stop in the 52nd edition of the tournament is Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day.