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Ammann's lead narrows in Austria

Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann has taken third place in a World Cup event in the Austrian resort of Bad Mitterndorf behind local jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer.

Schlierenzauer won his second World Cup ski jumping meet in as many days on Sunday. He had jumps of 203.5 and 202 metres in the ski flying event for a total of 393.6 points, earning him his fourth victory of the season and 15th overall.

Harri Olli of Finland took second, 3.2 points behind, and World Cup leader Ammann was third, trailing Schlierenzauer by 11.4 points.

Thomas Morgenstern, the defending World Cup champion, was ninth, one ahead of fellow Austrian and Four Hills tournament winner Wolfgang Loitzl.

After winning both Saturday's and Sunday's event on the Kulm hill, Schlierenzauer narrowed the gap with Ammann in the overall standings. Ammann has 1,017 points, Schlierenzauer has 940. Loitzl with 801 and Morgenstern with 443 are third and fourth.

The next ski jumping meet is scheduled for Zakopane, Poland, on Friday and Saturday.

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