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Kasai places third at World Cup meet

Kyodo

Veteran Noriaki Kasai scored his fifth podium finish of the season in finishing third at a World Cup meet on Friday.

The 43-year-old Kasai had a first jump of 128.5 meters and nailed the day’s longest effort of 134 to move up from fourth to third.

He scored 265.4 points and once again rewrote his record as the oldest ski jumper to make a podium finish at a World Cup event. Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic won for the first time this season with 269.0 points and Norwegian Kenneth Gangnes took second with 268.0.

“Looking at my recent form I didn’t feel I could make the podium so I am pleased, but finishing third for the fifth time this season is frustrating,” said Kasai.

“I know that I am up against a lot of strong ski jumpers but I will go for second next time. I’m close to my 500th individual World Cup competition so I will try and win that one.”

Taku Takeuchi was 14th, Daiki Ito finished 17th and Kento Sakuyama 25th.