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Janne Happonen Wins 1st World Cup Ski Jumping Competition


Janne Happonen of Finland has won his first World Cup ski jumping competition, with leaps of 124 and 129 meters on the large hill in Lahti, Finland.

The 21-year-old Happonen, who won a silver medal in the team event at the Turin Games, earned 270.3 points Sunday. That put him 2.7 points ahead of overall World Cup leader Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic. Janda made jumps of 128 and 123.5 meters.

Michael Uhrmann of Germany finished third with 266.1 points from jumps of 120.5 and 131 meters.

Janda, who has five victories this season, extended his overall lead ahead of Finland's Janne Ahonen. The Czech leads the standings with 1,058 points, 112 ahead of Ahonen. Andreas Kuttel of Switzerland is third overall with 739 points.

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