Schlierenzauer wins ski jump after Norway claim fifth gold in relay

14:10, March 04, 2011      

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Gregor Schlierenzauer beat his Austrian fellow Thomas Morgenstern to win gold in the large hill jump at the Nordic world ski championships on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Schlierenzauer landed two leaps of 130 and 134. 5 meters on the Holmenkollen hill for a total of 277.5 points.

Morgenstern took silver with 277.2 points after earlier winning gold in the individual and team events on the normal hill. He led the competition after a 133-meter first-round leap, but a jump of 131 meters in the final round left him trailing his countryman.

Simon Ammann of Switzerland, a two-time champion at the Vancouver Olympics, was third with 274.3 points.

Gregor Schlierenzauer was ecstatic for his first world title.

"This is definitely one of the best days of my life, I really enjoyed it," he said. "It's been a troubled season for me so this means a lot."

Earlier on the day, Marit Bjoergen led Norway to victory in the women's team relay (4x5km).

The gold medal showing by the Norwegian quartet, also including Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug and Kristin Steira, was their country's 13th medal at these worlds and the fifth gold.

For Bjoergen, the victory represented a fourth gold after victories in the 10km classic style, individual sprint and the 15km pursuit.

"All of the girls did a fantastic job today, so I had no reason to worry," said the triple Olympic champion.

"Crossing the finish line waving the norwegian flag was a dream come true," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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