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Germany's Freund wins large hill ski jump at Nordic worlds

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FALUN, Sweden (AP) German ski jumper Severin Freund had the best score in both rounds to win the large hill event Thursday for his second gold medal of the Nordic skiing world championships.

Freund had a comfortable lead after his first jump, then soared 135.5 meters in the second round with the longest effort of the day to win with 268.7 points.

Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was a massive 22.3 points behind for silver, while normal hill gold medalist Rune Velta of Norway took bronze.

Freund led Germany to the mixed team title on Sunday, and also won Olympic gold in the men's team event in Sochi last year, but this was his first individual win. He took silver in the normal hill in Falun, just 0.4 points behind Velta.