Morgenstern wins 3rd Four Hills event
Thomas Morgenstern won the third stop of the Four Hills tournament on Monday to extend his lead in the prestigious ski jumping competition.world Updated: Jan 03, 2011 21:32 IST
Thomas Morgenstern won the third stop of the Four Hills tournament on Monday to extend his lead in the prestigious ski jumping competition.
The Austrian, who also won the opening event in Oberstdorf, Germany, last week, now holds a major 27.3-point lead - approximately 15 meters - over second-place Simon Ammann of Switzerland going into the final event on Thursday in Bischofshofen, Austria.
"It's a great feeling to have that big lead, but we saw in Garmisch-Partenkirchen how quickly things can change," said Morgenstern, referring to Saturday's event, where the final round was canceled due to fierce winds.
Morgenstern called it "a very emotional win" in front of a home crowd at the Bergisel hill.
The 24-year-old Morgenstern could become the third straight Austrian winner of the Four Hills competition after Wolfgang Loitzl in 2008-09 and Andreas Kofler last season.
It would be the first time a single nation has won three tournaments in a row since Norwegian Bjoern Tore Wirkola captured the 1966-67 to 1968-69 events.
Jumps of 129.5 and 126.5 meters earned Morgenstern his sixth victory of the season and 20th overall. Morgenstern also leads the overall World Cup standings with 823 points ahead of Kofler on 561 and Ammann on 511.
Former Four Hills champion Adam Malysz of Poland took second, 9.0 points behind. Tom Hilde of Norway was 11.3 points back in third, while Ammann finished fourth, trailing Morgenstern by 13.8 points.
Former overall champion Gregor Schlierenzauer, who won two jumps at the 2006-07 and 2009-10 events, returned to the circuit after recovering from a right knee injury. The Austrian failed to make an impact and finished 18th.