Prevc took his first victory of the season in Tauplitz on January 12 and roared back into similar form as Sapporo hosted the first of two Japanese World Cups. The 21-year-old jumped three metres shy of the hill record with an effort of 137m in the opening round, which gave him a lead that he wouldn't relinquish. Prevc leapt 134.5m second time for an overall winning total of 294.6 with Slovenian teammate Jernej Damjan well adrift after posting 277.0 combined. Noriaki Kasai, the 41-year-old who won the first of two events in Tauplitz, gave the Japanese crowd something to cheer as he completed the podium in third. And, with previous leader Stoch not contending the first event in Japan, Prevc's win thrusts him to the top of the World Cup standings with a lead of 11 points.
Prevc is the form ski jumper heading to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with four podium finishes from his last five events on the World Cup calendar.
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