Germany’s Freund wins ski jump World Cup opener



LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — Severin Freund of Germany won the season-opening ski jump World Cup event on Saturday for the third individual victory of his career.

The 24-year-old didn’t have the longest jump but impressed the judges with his style, giving him a total score of 268.5 points after leaping 99 meters in the first round on the normal hill and 100.5 in the second.

Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern jumped 102 meters in the second but settled for second place with 267.2 points, while defending overall champion Anders Bardal of Norway was third with 267.

In the women’s event, Sara Takanashi of Japan scored 265.2 points to win ahead of American defending overall champion Sarah Hendrickson, who had 261.4. Anette Sagen of Norway was third with 258.9.