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Freund soars to win in Lillehammer

Freund soars to win in Lillehammer
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Germany’s Severin Freund kept his composure to clinch a ski jump World Cup event in Lillehammer on Sunday.

The 24 year old, who made his Continental Cup debut in December 2004, jumped 132.5m in the first round and 137m in the second to finish with a total of 279 points at the large hill event.

Norway’s Anders Bardal produced the leap of the day but his 138m exploit wasn’t enough to trouble the leader as he eventually had to settle for second place, 2 points adrift.

Less than 24 hours after clinching his 55th career victory, Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer endured a disappointing day as he finished in 15th place. This result still sees him retain the overall lead, 25 points ahead of Japan’s Taku Takeuchi with Freund currently lying in third place.