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Kuettel closes in on Four Hills tournament overall lead

1/1/2007

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Switzerland's Andreas
Kuettel won the second event of the Four Hills ski jumping
tournament on Monday after rain and wind canceled the second run.

Kuettel jumped 125.5 meters and earned 135.9 points to beat
Matti Hautamaki by 2.9 points after the Finn leaped 125.0 in the
World Cup meet. Japan's Noriaki Kasai was third at 132.9 with a
jump of 128.0 and low judges' marks for form.

Kuettel moved 3.0 points behind 16-year-old Gregor
Schlierenzauer of Austria for the Four Hills overall lead.

The jumpers complained of dangerous conditions and skewed
results from the first jump due to shifting winds and ruts on the
jump hill.

Schlierenzauer leads the overall World Cup standings with 460
points. Anders Jacobsen of Norway is second with 441. Switzerland's
Simon Ammann has 418.