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Austria's Widhoelzl wins tuneup in Japan






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Saturday, January 26, 2002
 
Widhoelzl takes advantage of depleted field

Associated Press


SAPPORO, Japan -- Austria's Andreas Widhoelzl captured his second straight World Cup ski jumping event Saturday, edging compatriot Martin Koch.

Widhoelzl, who won a World Cup meet in Hakuba on Thursday, landed jumps of 128.5 and 127 meters on the K-120 Okurayama hill for a total of 259.9 points.

Many of the world's top jumpers, including Sven Hannawald of Germany and overall points leader Adam Malysz of Poland, skipped the event to prepare for the Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Koch had the day's longest jump of 129 meters and finished second with 250.6 points. Japan's Noriaki Kasai was third with 244.6 points.

Widhoelzl moved into third place in the overall World Cup standings with 815 points.