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Ammann widens World Cup lead

Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann has consolidated his lead at the top of the world rankings after winning the second jump in Sapporo on Saturday night.

Amman, who came fifth in the first jump, is now 143 points ahead of Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria, who did not compete in Japan.

The overall World Cup is one of Ammann’s career goals. Last year he came second to Schlierenzauer. No Swiss has ever won the overall cup in the 30 years of the competition’s existence.

However, he has to decide whether to conserve his strength for next month's Vancouver Olympics. Before then, there are four events on the World Cup calendar.

Amman’s World Cup victory in Sapporo was his fourth this year, and the 12th of his career. and agencies

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