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Sunday, January 13, 2002
Birthday boy takes over first in standings

Associated Press

RAMSAU, Austria -- Austria's Felix Gottwald won a World Cup Nordic combined event Sunday for his sixth victory this season.

Gottwald, who turned 26 Sunday, rallied from fourth place in the opening 10-kilometer race to finish with a total of 240.0 points.

He moved into the overall World Cup lead with 1,480 points. He is 135 points ahead of Germany's Ronny Ackermann, who had a cold and did not compete.

Samppa Lajunen of Finland was second Sunday with 238.7 points and compatriot Jaakko Tallus was third with 234.7. Daito Takahashi of Japan was fourth with 233.7 points and Mikko Keskinarkaus of Finland was fifth with 226.5.

Gottwald trailed Tallus after the first of two ski jumps. Tallus had made the longest jump, 93 meters. That was the distance the Austrian had to surpass to win -- and he did it with 94.5 meters.

Earlier in the day, Finland's Hannu Manninen took the lead in the 10k race ahead of Lajunen and Norway's Kenneth Braaten. Manninen finished eighth overall.