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Jacobsen wins Four Hills Tour despite late Schlierenzauer challenge


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Sunday January 7, 2007

Bischofshofen, Austria- Anders Jacobsen of Norway survived a final challenge from local birthday boy Gregor Schlierenzauer on Sunday to win the Four Hills ski-jumping tour in his first participation. Schlierenzauer, who turned 17 on the day, won the final competition but Jacobsen came second to take the overall title.

Schlierenzauer soared 139.5 and 141 metres for a Sunday winning total of 291.9 points. Jacobsen had 289.1 points from 137.5m and the day's longest jump of 142m and Swiss Simon Ammann was third on the day with 135m and 137.5m for 275.5 points.

Jacobsen, who like Schlierenzauer is competing in his first World Cup season, won the Tour standings with 961.9 points from the competitions in Oberstdorf (December 30), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (January 1), Innsbruck (January 4) and Bischofshofen.

Schlierenzauer came second with 944.6 points and Ammann third with 931.9 points.

Schlierenzauer won in Oberstdorf and Bischofshofen but an 11th- place finish in Innsbruck, where he suffered from bad wind conditions, cost him the overall title.

Jacobsen came fourth in Oberstdorf, fifth in Garmisch and won in Innsbruck before the second-place finish Sunday. He gave Norway a 10th title in the 55th edition of the Four Hills.

The 21-year-old also leads the World Cup with 621 points from nine events. Schlierenzauer has 584 and Ammann 538.

The World Cup continues next weekend with two events on the Norwegian ski-flying hill at Vikersund.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency