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Monster jump propels Kasai to podium finish

Kyodo

Veteran Noriaki Kasai provided the highlight of the day with a World Cup hill-record-equaling 143-meter jump to place third for the second event in a row in Norway on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Sochi Olympic silver medalist was 10th after his first jump of 127 meters before his monster leap in the second round saw him medal with 266.8 points, bettering his record as the oldest ski jumper to make the World Cup podium in the process.

“I’m numb. It is the greatest feeling to come up all the way past other jumpers from 10th place,” said Kasai after his third podium finish of the season and 59th overall.

“I was (flying) high from the moment I took off and had good winds below me so (I) was really able to get a good distance.

“After the landing in the final I felt some pain in my knees but now I’m looking forward to (the next event in) Vikersund. I hope I can win (in Norway) for the third time,” he added.

Slovenian ski flying world champion Peter Prevc jumped 135 and 132 meters to win his ninth event of the season with 285.5 points. Austria’s Stefan Kraft was second with 273.2.

“It wasn’t easy, you also needed a bit of luck and I had that,” Prevc told fis.com. “But I was also jumping really well. I don’t think that the wind has less influence because of my style of jumping, even if it might look like this way.”

Elsewhere for Japan, Daiki Ito was fifth and Taku Takeuchi was 23rd.