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Japanese Ski Jumper Disqualified

February 11, 2006

PRAGELATO, Italy (AP) _ Japanese ski jumper Masahiko Harada was disqualified Saturday from the normal hill competition for having skis that were too light.

Harada, 37, had been selected for Japan’s team for the normal hill competition Friday but was told before Saturday’s qualifying round he had been disqualified.

Harada, a member of Japan’s gold medal-winning team at the 1998 Nagano Games, would have been the oldest competitor in the field.

He can still compete in the large hill and team events.

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