February 03, 2013

HARRACHOV, Czech Republic (AP) -- Gregor Schlierenzauer made history Sunday by setting the record for most career World Cup ski jumping victories.

The 23-year-old Austrian won a morning competition for his record 47th World Cup victory and added one more with a win in another race on a flying hill in the afternoon.

"Unbelievable," Schlierenzauer said.

Retired Finnish jumper Matti Nykanen has 46 victories.

In the morning, Schlierenzauer took the lead after the first jump of 193.5 meters and cleared 211.0 meters in the second for a combined 421.7 points in windy conditions.

Robert Kranjec of Slovenia finished second with 421.4 points after jumping 197.0 and 204.0 meters and Jan Matura of the Czech Republic was third.

The race was originally planned for Saturday but was postponed due to high winds.

Later in the day, Schlierenzauer claimed his 48th top finish after leaping 197.5 meters for 191.8 points in the first round. That was enough for the victory because the second round was canceled due to strong and changing winds.

Matura took second after a jump of 194.5 meters with 187.2 points while Jurij Tepes of Slovenia was third.

Schlierenzauer holds a significant lead in the overall standings with 1,200 points and nine events to go. Norway's Anders Bardal is a distant second with 757 points.

The northern Czech resort will organize the World Championship in ski flying on this hill next year.

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