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Ski jumper Happonen wins in front of home crowd

By  Unsigned,   Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Finland's Janne Happonen was celebrating with his home fans yesterday after he won the Ruhrgas FIS World Cup Ski Jumping competition in Kuopio.

He totalled 142.6 points, with a jump of 135.4 metres, making it his first victory this season.

In second place was Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, while Anders Jacobsen, from Norway, came third.

The event was due to take place in Lahti on Sunday but was called off because of high winds. However, even the new time and location proved problematic.

Changing winds meant the first round had to be cancelled and restarted after judges said the conditions made it impossible for all jumpers to have an equal chance of winning.

Commenting on the weather, Happonen told FIS News: "I was of course disappointed at first but then I just tried to focus on the second jump."

A fifth straight top-15 result for Happonen means the Fin is now 13th in the standings.