Sunday, January 13, 2002
Hannawald's two jumps outdo ... himself
WILLINGEN, Germany -- Austria overcame two more spectacular leaps by German star Sven Hannawald on Sunday to win a team event in World Cup ski jumping.
Austria ended a six-year title drought in the team competition, earning 1,141.3 points from its four jumpers. Finland was second at 1,141.3 while Germany was third at 1,112.0.
Hannawald, who recently swept the Four Hills event, leaped 148.5 and 141.5 meters to lead all competitors during the team event, which doesn't produce an individual winner.
His jumps were a half-meter longer than those on Saturday. He made jumps then of 148.0 and 141.5 as he won a regular World Cup event and was awarded 319.1 points -- the highest total in ski jumping history.
Martin Hoellwarth led the Austrians with leaps of 141.5 and 137. His teammates were Andreas Goldberger, Stefan Horngacher and Andreas Widhoelzl.
Germany retained its lead in the Nation Cup standings with 2,793 points, followed by Austria at 2,581 and Finland at 2,459.
The two days of ski jumping drew 100,000 spectators, who sang nonstop during the competition.