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Ski jumping legend Noriaki Kasai, competing in his eighth Winter Olympics, placed 20th in the qualifying round of the men’s normal hill jump on Thursday night at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre to clinch a spot in Saturday night’s finals.

The 45-year-old, who appeared in his first Winter Games in Albertville, France, in 1992, leaped 98 meters to earn a score of 117.7 points in relatively mild conditions. The Hokkaido native claimed the silver medal in the individual large hill jump four years ago at the Sochi Olympics.

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