Updated: 01/12/2014 01:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Kasai, 41, becomes oldest World Cup ski jump winner

Noriaki Kasai, at 41 years and seven months, became the oldest ever winner of a World Cup ski jump at Tauplitz in Austria on Saturday.


Kasai, 41, becomes oldest World Cup ski jump winner

Noriaki Kasai of Japan celebrates in finish area of the men's individual competition of the Ski Jumping World Cup in Tauplitz, Austria, on January 11, 2014

Kasai, fifth in last week's Four Hills tournament, entered ski jumping's record books by taking the ski flying leg of the World Cup season staged on a 200 metre (656 foot) hill.

The 1992 ski jump world champion tuned up for his seventh Winter Olympics at next month's Sochi Games by claiming victory with 391.6 points.

In second came Slovenia's Peter Prevc (381.5 points), who produced the longest jump at 199m, with Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer (380.3 points) taking third.

For Kasai, competing on the World Cup circuit since 1989, this was his first win in almost a decade and it moved him up to fourth place in the overall World Cup standings led by Poland's Kamil Stoch, sixth on Saturday.

Kasai will have a chance to double up with a second leg of the World Cup scheduled on the Tauplitz hill on Sunday.

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