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Peter Prevc soars to FIS Ski Jumping World Cup victory in Sapporo

Peter Prevc moved second in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup standings with victory in Sapporo on Saturday.

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Peter Prevc enhanced his FIS Ski Jumping World Cup credentials with a first win of the season in Sapporo on Saturday.

The Slovenian moved into second place in the overall standings with victory in Japan, cutting Stefan Kraft's lead to 93 points with an overall score of 276.4 points.

Prevc led throughout the day on the HS134 hill thanks to a strong first jump of 130 metres, although he had to share that lead with Michael Hayboeck after the first round.

However, the Austrian struggled to match his opening attempt and had to settle for fourth after the second jump, while Prevc went one metre further to seal victory.

Kraft, meanwhile, finished second - ensuring he maintains a slender lead at the top of the rankings.

Roman Koudelka took full advantage of Severin Freund's absence to take the final place on the podium.

The Czech grabbed third with jumps of 127.5m and 130.5m, edging Hayboeck off the podium, while Jurij Tepes completed the top five.

Kamil Stoch - who won lost time out in Poland - could not produce a repeat as he was forced to settle for seventh, 23.6 points behind Prevc.

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