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German Dieter Thoma Wins World Cup Ski Jumping Opener

November 30, 1996

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) _ Dieter Thoma of Germany won the ski jumping World Cup season opener Saturday.

Thoma had two 128.5-meter jumps for 263.6 points, well ahead of 20-year-old Kristian Brenden of Norway who collected 256.7 points after jumps of 128 and 123.5 meters in the large hill event at Lillehammer.

Japan’s Hiroya Saitoh placed third with 255.6 points after jumping 124.5 and 128 meters.

Andreas Goldberger of Austria who won the World Cup last season placed sixth with jumps of 121.5 and 122.5 meters for 243.2 points.

Thoma’s career has been hampered by a series of knee injuries and this season may be his last on the World Cup tour. In Friday’s warmup, Thoma jumped 130 meters, five short of Olympic gold winner Espen Bredesen’s record jump in the 1994 Winter Olympics at the same hill.

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