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Ski jumper Stefan Kraft becomes 7th straight Austrian winner of 4 Hills Tour

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BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria — Ski jumper Stefan Kraft became the seventh straight Austrian winner of the prestigious Four Hills Tour on Tuesday.

Kraft finished the final event in third position to hold on to his lead after the first three stops. Fellow Austrian Michael Hayboeck won the final event with jumps of 137.5 and 136.5 meter for a total of 288.4 points for his first World Cup victory.

Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai was second with 277.1 points, followed by Kraft with 271.3.

Kraft and Hayboeck finished 1-2 in the Four Hills standings.

PHOTO: Switzerland's Simonn Ammann crashes during his second jump at  the fourth stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Switzerland's Simonn Ammann crashes during his second jump at the fourth stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

"It's incredible that this is happening," Kraft said. "It's like we planned it: Michael takes the win today, I take the tour."

Simon Ammann of Switzerland, who was eighth after the first round, fell after landing from his 136.0-meter second effort and slammed his head on the snow.

Ammann was hospitalized with facial injuries but was conscious and was able to move his arms and legs normally.

Kraft's triumph was the 16th overall for Austria, which matched the all-time record shared by Finland and Germany.

The next event of the ski jumping World Cup is in Tauplitz, Austria, this weekend.

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