Jacobsen spoils Austrian party - Morgenstern must wait for trophy

Society Materials 9 February 2008 21:08 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Anders Jacobsen of Norway ended a 12-month drought by soaring to victory in a large hill ski-jumping World Cup competition which did not go Austria's way on Saturday.

Jacobsen beat Austrians Gregor Schlierenzauer and Martin Koch for victory while another Austrian, Thomas Morgenstern, failed to clinch the World Cup title.

Jacobsen, 22, won with 262.3 points from jumps of 128.5 metres and 130 metres, his first success since February 10, 2007, and the fifth overall.

Schlierenzauer had 258.4 points and the first-round leader Martin Koch missed his maiden career win when he faded to third with 258.2 points.

Morgenstern, meanwhile, had to be content with eighth place with 249.9 points, 24 hours after getting his 10th season win on the same hill which will also be used at the 2009 world championships.

As a result, the two-time Olympic champion Morgenstern failed to wrap up Austria's first World Cup title in a dozen years as early as possible.

But - given his massive lead - it will only be a matter of time until Morgenstern gets the trophy. Morgenstern has 1,582 points for a 582-point advantage over Schlierenzauer (999). Finnish Four Hills champion Janne Ahonen also has a mathematical chance on 945 points.

A victory is worth 100 points and there are seven events left in the season - the next competition being on February 16 in Willingen, Germany.