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Ammann vaults into third place in Predazzo

Simon Ammann likes to fly a long way Keystone

Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann has confirmed his current good form, finishing third in the World Cup event on the big hill in Predazzo, Italy.

This content was published on December 21, 2001 - 20:30

Ammann's podium finish comes just a few days after a second place in Engelberg. As in the Swiss resort, the St Gallen athlete was beaten by Poland's Adam Malysz, who scored his fifth victory of the season.

His performance was underscored by his first jump of the day, taking him to 131 metres, a hill record. Only Malysz was to equal the Swiss' performance.

Ammann's first record attempt put him only into fourth place, penalised by his style points. His second jump, 129 metres, lifted him into third place, less than one point behind Austria's Andreas Widhölzl.

Two other Swiss jumpers scored points in Predazzo. Andreas Küttel finished eighth and Sylvain Freiholz 25th, completing the best Swiss team effort for nearly two years.

With his latest result, Ammann is now 11th in the World Cup rankings.

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