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Stefan Kraft wins ski jumping world cup title

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By Everton Gayle
Stefan Kraft wins ski jumping world cup title

Stefan Kraft left it late to clinch his first overall ski jumping world cup title in the last race of the season.

The Austrian went into the event with an 85-point buffer.

High winds meant the final round was cancelled.

But his 250-metre jump earned him 244 points and the title.

It was the eighth win of the season for 23-year-old Kraft, who also clinched two individual golds, mixed team silver and team bronze at this year’s World Championships.

Andreas Wellinger of Germany amassed 236 points after a jump of 238m to come home in second.

But it was Japan’s Noriaki Kasai who stole the show, re-writing the record for the oldest ski jump world cup medal.

And it was his own record that he broke. Kasai placed third in the season’s final event at the age of 44 years and nine months.

It was the 63rd career podium finish for the Japanese jumper.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch, who placed fifth on the day, was second in the overall standings on 1,524 points.