Stoch jumps to another gold in large hill

The Sports NetworkFebruary 15, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ( - Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch captured his second gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, winning the men's large hill competition.

Stoch, who also won gold in the normal hill, led all jumpers after the first round and jumped 132.3 meters in the final for a total of 278.7 points to narrowly edge Japan's Noriaki Kasai by 1.3 points.

Stoch became the third man to sweep the individual ski jumping events at the same Winter Games, joining Matti Nykanen of Finland (Calgary 1988) and Simon Ammann of Switzerland (Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010).

Kasai, 41, earned his first medal since he picked up a silver in the large hill event at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Along with Russian luger Albert Demtschenko, Kasai is competing in a record seventh Winter Olympics.

Slovakian Peter Prevc finished third, 3.9 points behind Stoch. He won silver in the normal hill earlier in these games.

The four-time Olympic gold medal winner Amman, who barely qualified and was 29th going into the final round, managed a 23rd-place finish.

The U.S., which has had only two top-10 finishes in this event since 1980, did not qualify any jumpers for the final.

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