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Koivuranta wins shortened 3rd stop of 4 Hills Tour

INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Anssi Koivuranta of Finland won the third stop of the Four Hills Tour after the last round was canceled because of strong winds on Saturday.

Thomas Diethart of Austria leads the tour ahead of the final event on Monday in Bischofshofen, Austria. With nine athletes still waiting for their second jump, the jury canceled the competition as fierce winds made conditions unsafe. The first round counted as the final result.

Koivuranta led the competition after the first round, earning 127.5 points for a 132.5-meter jump. Simon Ammann of Switzerland jumped one meter further and earned 126.3 points, while overall World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland was third with 126.2 points for a 126.5-meter effort.

Koivuranta won seven World Cups and the 2009 overall title in Nordic combined but earned his first podium finish in ski jumping. Diethart came fifth with a jump of 126.5 meters to retain the lead in the Four Hills Tour standings with 716.1 points. Ammann reduced his deficit to 9.4 points, while Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, who finished eighth, was 15.4 points back in third.

The constantly changing winds made for difficult conditions in the first round as well. The main victim was 2009 Four Hills champion Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria, who lost balance due to a gust of back wind and was forced to land after just 70 meters in order to avoid falling.

Stoch remained in the overall lead with 526 points from 11 events, followed by Ammann with 484 and Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer with 463.

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