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Ackermann Wins Nordic Combined

March 16, 2002

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OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Germany’s Ronny Ackermann clinched the Nordic combined World Cup on Saturday after finishing third in the final sprint event of the season.

Felix Gottwald of Austria, Ackermann’s only rival for the overall title, improved from 22nd in ski jumping to sixth after the 7.5 cross-country sprint, but that was only enough for second place overall.

Hannu Manninen of Finland won in the race ahead of countryman Samppa Lajunen.

Ackermann finished the season with 2,110 points while Gottwald collected 1,986 points. Lajunen, a triple gold medalist from last month’s Salt Lake City Olympics, was third with 1,863 points.

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