Kuettel closes in on Four Hills tournament overall lead

Updated: January 1, 2007, 11:48 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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