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Kobayashi edges closer to Four Hills sweep

Japan's Ryoyu Kobayashi edged closer to a Four Hills clean sweep after notching up a third consecutive victory in Innsbruck on Friday.
The 22-year-old Kobayashi followed up his success in Oberstordf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen with jumps of 136.5 metres and 131m.
Germany's Stefan Kraft (129.5+130.5) was second, with Norway's Andreas Stjernen (131+126) rounding out the podium.
Kobayashi becomes just the second Japanese jumper to have won in Innsbruck after Kazuhoshi Funaki back in 1998.
He now heads to Bischofshofen with the chance of completing just the third clean sweep of all time in 66 editions of the tournament.
Previously, only German Sven Hannawald (2002) and Poland's Kamil Koch, last season, have managed to win all four competitions.


© 2019 AFP
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