GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Anders Jacobsen of Norway bounced back in the second heat and edged defending champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria to win his second straight stop of the Four Hills ski jumping tour on Tuesday.
Jacobsen uncorked a jump of 143 meters in the second series to rise from ninth to first. He leads the tour at the halfway mark before the final two jumps in Austria, and is closing in on his second tour win after 2007. Jacobsen was hit by a gust of wind in his first jump and nearly lost control.
Jacobsen's compatriots Anders Bardal and Tom Hilde were third and fourth, respectively. "The second jump was awesome," said Jacobsen, who missed equaling the hill record by half a meter. "I think it was a perfect day for me."
Jacobsen is in his comeback season after sitting out nearly a full year. Schlierenzauer prevented a Norwegian sweep of the podium on New Year's Day. The World Cup leader was less than a full point behind Jacobsen.
Jacobsen jumped 131 meters in the first heat and won the day with 277.7 points. Schlierenzauer collected 276.8 points for jumps of 134 and 136.5 meters. The Austrian, who won in Garmisch-Partenkirchen last season, led after the first series.
Schlierenzauer was second to Jacobsen also in the opening stage of the tour, two days ago in Oberstdorf. Bardal was third with jumps at 136.5 meters and 135.5 meters for 267.2 points. Hilde had 266.4 points for jumps of 133.5 meters and 138 meters.
The next stop is in Innsbruck, Austria, on Jan. 3.