Slovenia wins ski jump World Cup team event

The Associated Press

KLINGENTHAL, Germany (AP) -- Robert Kranjec soared 464 feet for the longest effort of the day to help give Slovenia the victory in a shortened opening event of the ski jump World Cup season Saturday.

Strong wind forced organizers to shorten the team event to one heat and Slovenia won with a combined total of 540.6 points for its foursome.

Germany was second with 528.3 points, with Andreas Wank producing a jump of 454 feet.

Reruhi Shimizu and Taku Takeuchi led Japan with jumps of 444 feet each to secure third place for their team with 523.6 points.

The individual competition is scheduled for Sunday.

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