INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria won the third stage of the Four Hills ski jumping tour Friday to overtake Anders Jacobsen of Norway atop the standings.
Schlierenzauer, who won the prestigious competition last year, earned his 44th World Cup win after scoring 253.7 points with jumps of 131.5 and 123 meters. Kamil Stoch of Poland came second with 240.9 points and Anders Bardal of Norway took third with 235.4.
"I had an adrenaline rush. A home crowd of 22,000 gives you a real boost," Schlierenzauer said. "I am in great shape and both jumps went to the limit. I can only fully enjoy this." Ahead of the final stop in Bischofshofen on Sunday, Schlierenzauer holds a 10.7-point lead over Jacobsen, who won the first two stages before finishing seventh Friday.
"It was a bad jump," Jacobsen said about his 117.5-meter effort in the final heat. "Everything is still possible, the difference is about 10 points. Such a lead can disappear in one jump." Schlierenzauer extended his lead in the overall World Cup standings. The Austrian has 708 points, followed by Severin Freund of Germany with 556 and Bardal with 430. Jacobsen is fifth with 382 points.