Higashi ends STV Cup drought

Kyodo

Veteran ski jumper Akira Higashi held off two European rivals to win his first STV Cup title in 14 years, and third overall, on Sunday.

Higashi earned a total of 253.8 points from jumps of 128.5 and 125 meters on the K120 Okurayama hill, beating second-place Morten Solem of Norway by 1.2 points. Austria’s Bastian Kaltenboeck took third with 246.0.