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Stoch impressive ahead of large hill jumping final
Normal hill gold medalist Stoch looks impressive heading into large hill final at Olympics
By DENNIS PASSA
Associated Press
2014-02-15 03:42 AM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Normal hill gold winner Kamil Stoch put himself in a strong position to add the large hill to his Sochi Olympic medal collection after posting the longest jump Friday.

That came in a trial jump ahead of the qualification round. But since he leads the World Cup standings and the top 10 jumpers automatically qualified for Saturday's final, he decided not to jump in the qualifying round.

Stoch set the tone early when he jumped 136 meters and placed first in the trial.

Michael Hayboeck of Austria led those jumpers who needed to qualify with a distance of 131 meters, one of 50 competitors through to the gold medal final at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

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