Ski Jumping - Kofler leaps to victory in Sochi

Austrian Andreas Kofler recorded the 11th World Cup ski jumping victory of his career as he topped the pile in the normal hill individual competition in Sochi, Russia.

Ski Jumping - Kofler leaps to victory in Sochi

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Sochi will host the normal hill competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Kofler clearly liked what he saw as he got back to winning ways in some style.

The 28-year-old was yet to taste victory this season but blew that out of the water as he racked up 271.3 points in Russia to finish nearly ten points ahead of his nearest challenger.

That was German Richard Freitag who still managed his best World Cup finish of the season to date – his previous best being a sixth-place finish he recorded just 24 hours earlier.

And there was more to cheer for Germany as Andreas Wellinger claimed third for his first-ever World Cup podium finish.

The win moves Kofler up to fourth overall on 216 points with Severin Freund of Germany stretching his lead at the top to 52 points as he finished fifth, nearest rival Gregor Schlierenzauer only managing 25th.

In the women's normal hill event France's Coline Mattel recorded her first-ever World Cup victory, but she had to share it with Austrian Daniela Iraschko after they were tied for first place.

The pair both scored 231.1 points for the tie, with Japan's Sara Takanashi in third on 228.9.

Takanashi sits atop the overall World Cup standings on 240 points, 24 ahead of American Sarah Hendrickson who endured a tough time of things just 24 hours after claiming victory in Sochi, finishing down in seventh.

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