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Hannu Manninen Wins Nordic Combined World Cup Event in Sapporo


Finland's Hannu Manninen has battled back to win the wind-delayed Nordic combined World Cup ski event in Sapporo, Japan.

The Finn, who has already earned the overall World Cup title, was second after Saturday's 10-kilometer mass start cross country race. He won the event with 247.1 points by making jumps of 124.5 and 122.5 meters on the Okurayama hill. The ski jumping portion of the event was postponed to Sunday because of high winds on Saturday.

Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany took second place with 239.1 points while Austrian Christoph Bieler was third with 227.2 points.

Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won the final Nordic combined event of the season Sunday, combining a time of 19:15 in the 7.5-kilometer cross country race with a jump of 130.8 meters. Manninen finished second, 23 seconds behind, while Petter Tande of Norway was third, with a time of 19:45.3.

Manninen won 12 World Cup titles this season and finished with 1,500 points in the overall standings. Norway's Magnus Moan was second overall with 961, followed by Kircheisen with 888.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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